Spate of Land Rover thefts in East Sussex prompts warning from Sussex Police

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Land Rover owners are being warned to be on their guard after a spate of thefts in Lewes, Wealden and Rother districts over the weekend.

Sussex Police said in the early hours of Friday April 19 it was reported that someone had attempted to steal a Land Rover in Grove Hill, Hailsham.

Another Land Rover was reported stolen in Penhurst, near Battle, and was later found burnt out close by.

On Saturday April 20 a dark blue coloured ‘P’ reg Land Rover Defender was reported stolen from Rotten Row, Lewes, between 8.30am on April 19 and 8.40am on April 20.

Finally on Sunday April 21 two further Land Rovers were reported stolen.

The first, a blue ‘T’ reg Defender from Silverhill, Hurst Green, was taken between 6pm and midnight but was later found by police.

The second, a blue ‘R’ reg Defender, was stolen from London Road, Hurst Green between 10.30pm on Saturday April 20 and 6am on Sunday April 21.

Sergeant Sarah Porter, of Sussex Police, said: “I’d like to firstly urge all Land Rover owners to ensure their vehicles are as secure as they can be.

“Make them as difficult as possible to steal by using steering wheel locks and parking near your home under security lighting or/and on gravel; the more obstacles the better.

“Secondly, please report anyone acting suspiciously around any vehicle to police on 101. If you believe a crime is about to take place do not hesitate to call 999.

“Lastly, if you believe you have witnessed anything, no matter how small, relating to any of these crimes, please contact us on 101 quoting Operation Thorn or serial 0265 of 21/04.

Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers, the independent charity, anonymously on 0800 555111.”