POLICE are warning people to be vigilant after a sudden upsurge of crime in a village.
In the month of October alone there were 26 reported crimes in Rowlands Castle – including house burglaries, a pub and restaurant break-in, thefts from the local convenience shop and vandalism to cars.
Raiders broke into The Fountain Inn – which belongs to famous musician Herbie Armstrong – earlier this month and raided the fruit machines.
The adjoining restaurant, Taste of India, was also broken into and crooks took cash from the tips box.
Police said there had been three house burglaries and five burglaries of non-dwellings, including properties in Castle Road, Redhill Road and Links Lane.
Police said that there had also been several thefts at Castle Stores, in The Green, with different offenders each time.
Local councillor Marge Harvey said: ‘Rowlands Castle seems to have been targeted just lately. It’s come as a bit of a shock when we have had a low crime level for a long period of time and then all of a sudden this happens.’
Sergeant Gavin Parkes, in charge of the local beat, said patrols had been stepped up.