Police Call For Help Following Polegate Pursuit

Thursday 28th July 2016

Sussex Police

Police have highlighted three people they would like to talk to about a recent incident in the Polegate area in which a white Mitsubishi Pajero 4x4 was driven recklessly, before being abandoned on the South Downs at Westdean, on the edge of Friston Forest

The driver was thought to be a 21-year-old man, wanted in connection with a series of burglaries. Although followed by police he managed to evade capture and is still being sought.

A general appeal for witnesses to the pursuit, which began just after 11am on Thursday (14 July), is still being made, but in particular officers want to speak to another motorist and two pedestrians who they believe may be able to help.

The driver of a black Renault Clio was forced onto the verge by the oncoming Pajero near the Hillier garden centre on the B2104 Hailsham Road between Stone Cross and Hailsham, and may have valuable information.

So, too, a couple of pedestrians, both of whom narrowly missed being struck by the speeding Pajero. One was a white-haired man with a beard, in his 50s to 60s, who had just emerged from a footpath leading from Bay Tree Lane, Polegate.

The second pedestrian was walking anti-clockwise beside the road at the Cophall Roundabout, Polegate. Both had to jump out of the way to avoid being hit.

Inspector Tony Wakefield, of the Wealden Neighbourhood Policing Team, said, "We're very keen for these witnesses to come forward. This was a serious incident and it was only by pure chance that no one was seriously injured."

The three witnesses mentioned, plus anyone else who saw what happened or who may have other information, are asked to email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or phone 101, quoting serial 184 of 14/07.

Alternatively they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111


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