Eastbourne Police would like to reassure the public that they are very aware of a series of incidents in which cars have been damaged in the Motcombe and Old Town areas of Eastbourne.
Extra officers, both in uniform and in plain clothes, are being deployed to the area at times when the offences are occurring to try and catch the offenders in the act. Stop and search powers will also be used when it is justified and appropriate depending on individual circumstances.
The offences committed mainly consist of car tyres being damaged with a pointed or bladed article. Other reports also include a wheel being stolen and damage to bodywork.
Police have arrested a man in connection with the incidents, however, there was insufficient evidence to pursue a prosecution.
Residents are being urged to call police on 999 if they see someone in the act of causing damage, or who they suspect to be causing damage at the time. Anyone who subsequently identifies damage to their car should call 101 and quote Operation Bargate.
Police will continue to review footage from CCTV systems should residents capture any relevant activity.
Anyone with further information about those who may be responsible should email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 101, again quoting Operation Bargate. Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.