Hastings police hoping to reunite owners of stolen goods

Some of the stolen property

Some of the stolen property

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Police are looking to reunite property with the owners following an arrest and search, carried out in St Leonards.

During the search on June 11 officers found a large quantity of items that are suspected of having been stolen.

The haul includes fishing equipment with boxes of bait, fishing trousers, a green fishing net, rods, tents, a pressure washer, numerous power and hand tools, camping gear, bicycle wheels, frames and a mountain bike.

PC Simon Knight, of the Hastings Neighbourhood Police Team, said: “I’m keen for residents of Hastings and St Leonards who have recently had their sheds, garages or outbuildings broken into to make contact with me personally as some of the property may belong to recent victims.

“If you think that some of the property is yours, you can understand that I will need some proof of ownership. This could be a receipt of purchase, or that you can identify a distinguishing mark on the item that is unique and only something the owner would know of.

“I can be contacted via my email address simon.knight@sussex.pnn.police.uk or you can pop in to Hastings police station’s front office in Bohemia Road to enquire.”

People can also email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101, quoting serial 1274 of 5/6.

Three people, all from St Leonards, were arrested in connection with enquiries into two burglaries in Rother in May and June of this year.

A 19-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of burglary other than dwelling. A 17-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of burglary other than dwelling. A 16-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of handling stolen goods. The 19- and 17-year-olds are bailed until Thursday, August 13 and the 16-year-old is on bail until Saturday, August 8.

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