Detectives have today (FEB 25) arrested four men in Hastings in connection with the murders of Jason Martin-Smith and Jimmy Millen in 2001.
Officers from the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team made the arrests in the town early this morning.
A 46-year-old St Leonards man has been detained on suspicion of conspiracy to murder Mr Millen.
A 34-year-old man and a 36-year-old man both from St Leonards were arrested on suspicion of murdering Mr Martin-Smith and conspiracy to murder Mr Millen. A man aged 42 from Hastings was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder of Mr Martin-Smith. They are currently in police custody. The arrests relate to the murder investigations into Mr Martin-Smith and Mr Millen who were murdered in Hastings in 2001. Despite a major investigation and exhaustive enquiry, the cases remain unsolved. Mr Millen aged 27 was shot as he worked on his car in Carpenter Drive, Hastings on October 24, 2001. He died in Carpenter Drive after the passenger on a black motorbike fired shots from a handgun. The bike rode off from Tile Barn Road where Mr Millen was shot and past the junction of Lancaster Road. It then went toward the Castleham Industrial Estate.
During this investigation information came to light that 28-year-old Mr Martin-Smith, an acquaintance of Millen, who had disappeared in August 2001 in Hastings had been abducted and murdered. His body has never been found and police believe that he had been murdered.
Detective chief inspector Paul Rymarz from the Major Crime Team said: “These arrests have come about as a result of an internal review of the two cases and our determination to provide justice for the families of the victims.
“We are providing support to the victims’ families and keeping them informed of the activity. This is an unresolved case and we are still appealing for information from the public. This can be given anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers. There is a police reward of £10,000 from 2001, for information which leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the murder of Jimmy Millen.” Contact police on 101 quoting Operation Fare or ring Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.