Warning of spate of vehicle thefts

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

Sussex Police issued the warning after the thefts, including a report of an attempted theft of a Land Rover in Grove Hill, Hailsham on Friday, April 19. A total of four Land Rovers were reported stolen to Sussex Police within a three day period.

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

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

Then 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 20 and 6am on Sunday, 21 April.

Sergeant Sarah Porter, of Rother Neighbourhood Policing Team, 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.”