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Could prolific burglar be using trains to target homes?

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.

Man wanted for burglaries could be using trains

Simon Peter Knights Credit: Sussex Police

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 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk quoting Serial 840 of 16/06. You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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