Garden-hopping St Leonards burglar jailed

Brindt Rigg
Brindt Rigg

A man from St Leonards who ran off through people’s gardens after being challenged by police officers has been jailed for burglary.

Brindt Rigg, 41, unemployed, of Salisbury Road, was found guilty and jailed for five years at Hove Crown Court on Tuesday (June 7).

The jury heard how around lunchtime on January 6, Rigg, a known burglar, was spotted by police officers in Upper Park Road, St Leonards, carrying a bag and trying to hide his face.

When they tried to speak to him, he ran off through a number of gardens hopping over fences as he did so.

He was lost briefly, but found and arrested within half-an-hour.

It was discovered he had broken into a house in Upper Park Road and stolen two bottles of wine, computer gaming equipment, Dr Dre speakers, an iPod, door keys, passports and ID cards.

Don’t miss out on all the latest breaking news where you live.

Here are four ways you can be sure you’ll be amongst the first to know what’s going on.

1) Make our website your homepage at 2) Like our Facebook page at

3) Follow us on Twitter @HastingsObs

4) Register with us by clicking on ‘sign in’ (top right corner). You can then receive our daily newsletter AND add your point of view to stories that you read here.

And do share with your family and friends - so they don’t miss out!

The Hastings Observer - always the first with your local news.

Be part of it.