Thieves have stolen a special Olympic dressing put up in Petersfield for the historic Olympic Torch Relay through the village.
The purple London 2012 branded 'skrim' banners, which were attached to the railings at The Causeway, and The Square, have been cut away and stolen.
The banners were originally put up to help raise spirits in the town for the Torch Relay visit and were to stay in place for the duration of Olympic and Paralympic Games.
EHDC Community Manager, Mike O'Mahoney, who's project team organised the torch celebrations, said:
“A lot of time, money and effort has gone into decorating the town with official London2012 Olympic street dressing. Especially to add some colour to the town and create excitement for residents and visitors, and to really make Petersfield feel part of the Olympic celebrations.
“We are asking people to contact the police on 101 if they have any information about the whereabouts of the missing street dressing. The police are taking this incident very seriously.
“Petersfield residents must be dismayed by the thieves' selfish actions. “
Sussex Police have arrested a 43-year-old man in Bexhill as part of a national operation targeting people distributing indecent images of children.
They also seized computer equipment. The man was later released on conditional police bail until December while enquiries continue.
Sussex officers were supported by officers from the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA), are investigating intelligence that indecent images of children have been exchanged via email with people in the United States.
This area of policing is particularly difficult not only due to the nature of the images officers have to view, but also to the devious electronic methods the criminals use to try to conceal their offending across the web.
On average we have at any one time around 60 active cases, 40 suspects on bail or charged, and 20 initial referrals under intelligence progression prior to any arrest. We have viewed and removed from circulation millions of images, all deeply offensive and insulting to children, and many of them of the most sickening type."