Two men arrested following high speed pursuit after Post Office burgled in East Sussex

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Two men were arrested following a high-speed pursuit with officers after a burglary was reported in East Sussex.

Officers were alerted about a break-in at about 3am at The Green, Catsfield, near Battle, on Tuesday, June 11.

A door to the premises was smashed in order to gain entry and a quantity of cash was taken from inside, police said.

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Later, a vehicle was traced by Kent Police’s Roads Policing Unit travelling north towards Surrey, police added.

Two men were arrested following a high-speed pursuit with officers after a burglary was reported in Catsfield, East Sussex. Picture: Sussex PoliceTwo men were arrested following a high-speed pursuit with officers after a burglary was reported in Catsfield, East Sussex. Picture: Sussex Police
Two men were arrested following a high-speed pursuit with officers after a burglary was reported in Catsfield, East Sussex. Picture: Sussex Police

Police said that during the pursuit, the suspect’s vehicle reached speeds of 135mph.

Eventually two suspects attempted to decamp from the vehicle on the M25, police added.

One suspect was arrested while another ran across the motorway.

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Thanks to support from the Metropolitan Police to secure the National Police Air Service helicopter, he was traced to nearby woodland and arrested, police added.

Both men, one aged 38 from Sutton, and the other aged 42 from Lewisham, remain in custody at this time.

Chief Inspector Chris Veale from Sussex Police Operations Command said: “We responded to a report of a break-in at a village Post Office, where a quantity of cash was taken.

“Thanks to the work of officers and colleagues from Kent Police, Surrey Police, and the Metropolitan Police the suspects were detained.

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“It demonstrates exemplary professionalism and teamwork across the police forces.”

Witnesses or anyone with relevant information such as CCTV footage is asked to report it to Sussex Police online, quoting serial 117 of 11/06.