Police pursuit ends with arrests in Polegate

A DRAMATIC POLICE pursuit ended with the arrest of five men after a van was allegedly rammed into a police patrol car.

Sussex Police said a brave officer disturbed burglars during a break-in at a golf warehouse in Polegate around 7.10pm on Saturday, February 18.

He heard an alarm sounding from the Chaucer Industrial Estate in Ditton’s Road and investigated.

Suddenly the officer found a group of men running from the warehouse who quickly got into a van, said Sussex Police.

The fearless officer tried to stop them but the van was allegedly driven into his patrol car, damaging the wheel arch.

A police pursuit began with the officer following the van in his car. He called for back-up and a traffic police car took over the pursuit.

The van was pulled over by police on the A22 towards Hailsham.

Sussex Police said five men were arrested on suspicion of burglary.

A 44-year-old man was also arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving and failing to stop. They have all been released on bail until April 5 for further inquiries.

Det Sgt Jo Benton said: “The officer did a good job and thanks to his diligence we were able to arrest five suspects. We are still appealing for witnesses to the incident.”

Anyone who has information should contact Sussex Police on 101 quoting serial 1420 of February 18.