Sussex Police hope Crimewatch appeal will catch this man

Wanted - Barrie Williamson.
Wanted - Barrie Williamson.
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SUSSEX detectives are hoping a BBC Crimewatch appeal will help catch a man wanted for a burglary in Seaford, as well as a string of burglaries nationwide.

The BBC show, which airs on Thursday January 26 at 9pm, will feature a photo of 48-year-old Barrie Gordon Williamson (pictured).

Williamson, who was born in Newcastle but has links to Milton Keynes, Norfolk, Lancashire, Kent, Hampshire and Sussex - regularly uses the name Chris Williamson, Chris Woodall and Paul Hutchinson.

He is white, about 5’7”, stocky, and speaks with a north east accent.

Police said he targets homes during the daytime and is believed to use public transport.

He goes after jewellery, and has also been known to ingratiate himself with elderly or vulnerable people in order to stay at their premises and then steal from them.

Detective sergeant David Osland of Sussex CID said; “In Sussex we want to interview Williamson about at least seven burglaries, in Worthing, Lancing, Brighton, Hove, Seaford and Eastbourne, and there are several others which may be linked to him in the same areas, all in the last three months of 2011.

“Officers in Dorset, Kent, Norfolk, Nottinghamshire and Lancashire also want to talk to him about burglaries in those areas.

“We are working with those forces and others across the country to track him down and hope the Crimewatch appeal will bring forward information.”

Viewers can respond via the Crimewatch numbers and website, but you can also call Sussex Police via 101 quoting serial 0878 of 28/9/11, or you can call independent charity Crimestoppers via 0800 555 111.