Two arrests after Billingshurst and Bignor Roman Villa burglaries


TWO people have been arrested in connection with a string of burglaries, including at Billingshurst and Bignor Roman Villa.

A 26-year-old man and 24-year-old woman, both from Worthing, were questioned after homes in Crawley, Henfield, Storrington and Billingshurst were broken into in May, June and July.

They were also interviewed over a break in at Bignor Roman Villa on June 10 when a charity box was stolen and hundreds of pounds of damage was done.

The homes broken into were in Balcombe Road, Crawley, Bramlands Lane and Wheatsheaf Road in Henfield, Woodpecker Lane and Link Hill in Storrington and West Chiltington Lane in Billingshurst.

Among the items stolen were electrical equipment, jewellery and cash.

The man and the woman were questioned before being released on bail until September 5.

Detective Inspector Dave Wardley-Wilkins said: “The arrests are a positive step as we try to prove who was responsible for the series of burglaries.

“In each case rural properties were targeted and the victims have been left very upset by what has happened to them.

“I would urge anyone living in an isolated area who sees people acting suspiciously in the community to contact us immediately so we can investigate.”

The arrests are the latest in Operation Magpie, the force’s crackdown on burglary across Sussex.

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