Sussex Police believe a prolific burglar who they're trying to trace is using trains to travel along the south coast and on London to Brighton routes. Officers have offered a £1000 reward in a bid to find 38-year old Simon Peter Knights, wanted to interview about several house burglaries.
There were four burglaries and one attempted burglary, at addresses in Barnham, West Sussex, on 16 June, and a burglary in Park Road, Burgess Hill, on 19 June. Two addresses in Downview Road, one in Elm Grove and one in Barnham Road, Barnham, were broken into and jewellery was taken.
An unsuccessful attempt was made to enter another Barnham Road address. In the Burgess Hill burglary several hundreds of pounds worth of jewellery was taken. Knights is white, about 5'8", and has ginger hair and blue eyes.
Detective Inspector David Wardley-Wilkins said: 'We have information that Knights travels regularly by train and we are working with British Transport Police to see if we can trace him in that way too.' Officers are also making enquiries in East Sussex and in Southend and Basildon in Essex.
The reward is offered subject to arrest and conviction for one or more of the offences. Witnesses should contact Sussex Police via 101 or email firstname.lastname@example.org quoting Serial 840 of 16/06. You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
It was a flying visit but a welcome boost for businesses in Sussex today as the Foreign Secretary, William Hague - dropped in. In advance of the European elections next week - he was keen to bang the drum for Tory policy both on jobs - prosperity and on Europe itself.
We sent David Johns to hear what he had to say; he spoke to William Hague MP, Managing Director David Shore, and local MP Nicholas Soames.
Sussex Police are asking witnesses to come forward following a fight between two men outside an off-licence in Burgess Hill on Thursday. The incident happened outside MK Food and Wines in London Road at about 10.15pm.
Police are keen to speak with a woman who stopped in her vehicle to assist one of the men. A 36-year-old Burgess Hill man was arrested for affray and has been released on bail until 27 May.
A road in Burgess Hill, Sussex, where two vans collided this morning remains closed.
The crash occurred just before 6.45am when two vans travelling in opposite directions collided on the A273, London Road, outside New Close Farm.
The men driving the vans, one aged 60 from Scaynes Hill, the other aged 48 and from Yorkshire, were taken by ambulance to the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton with serious leg and body injuries.
The passenger in the van driven by the 60 year old, a 19-year-old man from Hailsham, was taken by air ambulance to Kings College Hospital in South London with serious leg and arm injuries. None of the injuries are assessed as life threatening.
We are investigating the cause of the collision and are asking anyone who saw what happened to call us on 101 quoting serial 215 of 6/8. You can also email us at email@example.com.
Police investigations at scene finished by 11.30am but the road between Burgess Hill and Hassocks will remain closed until later this afternoon while the highways authority cleans the road and ensure it is safe to be opened.
Diversions are in place meanwhile and both organisations appreciate the patience of drivers who will have been delayed as a result of the collision.
Another 10,000 homes could be built in Sussex in a new town. Mayfield Market Towns Ltd is proposing that the town should be built under 10 miles from Brighton and Hove. Up to 30,000 people would live there.
The company says the development would ease the housing situation in Brighton - but local people and some councillors are likely to oppose the scheme. More later.
An army of volunteers helped to push stranded motorists in Burgess Hill as Monday night's snowfall made the road impassable to all but four-wheel drive vehicles.
Trevor Butler told ITV News that cars and vans queued to mount Station Road past the town's rail station but with wheels spinning ferociously in the impacted snow, many found it slow going and queues built up.