Police arrest three spotted crawling along a hedgerow

Three men have been arrested on suspicion of burglary after being seen by police crawling along a hedgerow in High Hurstwood.

Police said the arrests came as they “continue to disrupt crime in rural Wealden”.

Police received a report of a blue Ford Focus acting suspiciously near a house in Royal Oak Lane, High Hurstwood, on the afternoon of Thursday, April 23.

Officers spotted three men crawling along a hedgerow close to the premises.

After running back to their vehicle, the suspects were blocked off and detained. 

A search of the car revealed items including a crowbar, a tow rope, a wrench and pairs of gloves.

Broken into

Officers found an outbuilding at the property had been broken into, however it is currently unknown if any items were stolen.

Three men from the Wealden area, aged 18, 29 and 30, were arrested on suspicion of burglary and going equipped for burglary. 

Each has been interviewed and released under investigation, pending further inquiries.


Detective Inspector Daniel Dugan said: “We continue to work closely with our communities in rural areas to keep the public safe, and to prevent and detect crime.

“Working together, we can increase vigilance and awareness, and act upon any intelligence we may receive. If you see anyone or anything suspicious in your area, please report it to us.”

To find out how you can protect yourself and your property, visit Sussex Police crime prevention advice pages.

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