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Man wanted over spate of burglaries in Hassocks

Mark Vine is wanted for questioning over more than a dozen break-ins in Hassocks and Ditchling Credit: Sussex Police

Sussex police are appealing for help from train passengers to help find a man wanted over a series of burglaries.

36-year-old Mark Vine is wanted for questioning over more than a dozen break-ins in Hassocks and Ditchling.

Police think he could be in areas such as Brighton and Hove, Porstmouth or Mid Sussex and is using trains to get around.

In each case the homes were entered and searched after the owners went out in the middle of the day.

The thieves took thousands of pounds worth of expensive jewellery during the burglaries as well as computers, cash, cameras and collectable ornaments.

Mark Vine is described as white, 5'8" and of proportionate build. He has short black hair and green eyes.

A reward of £500 is now being offered for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible for the burglaries.

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Father makes emotional appeal

The father of a man who was killed in a hit and run in Sussex has made an emotional appeal for the driver to come forward.

23-year-old Kalan Fletcher was knocked down and fatally injured as he walked along London Road in Hassocks, near Burgess Hill two years ago today. Police have named a man they believe was behind the wheel - but so far he hasn't been found.

Kalan's father Steve Fletcher wants the driver to hand himself in to police.

Police search for man after burglaries

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Mark Vine is wanted for interviews about house burglaries Credit: Sussex Police

Sussex Police would like to speak to a man about several house burglaries in Hassocks.

They have released the photograph of Mark Vine, 36, who has short black hair and green eyes.

Vine has links to Mid-Sussex and is currently believed in the Brighton area.

If anyone has any information they should contact West Sussex Police on 101.

Vans crash road 'to remain closed'

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 collision.appeal@sussex.pnn.police.uk.

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.

– Sergeant Mark Baker

Three hurt in Sussex car crash

Three men have been hurt after two vans collided on the A273 between Burgess Hill and Hassocks.

The men driving the vans, aged 60 and 48, were taken by road 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 was taken by air ambulance to Kings College Hospital in South London with serious leg and arm injuries.

None of the injuries were seen to be life threatening.

Police are investigating the cause of the crash and ask anyone with information to call 101.

Mark Baker of the Sussex Road Policing Unit at Haywards Heath, said: "Diversions are in place and we appreciate the patience of drivers who will have been delayed as a result of the collision."

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