Police link dozens of late-night burglaries

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DETECTIVES are linking more than 50 burglaries in West Sussex.

The raids began last October in Chichester with two offences in Runcton and Sidlesham Common.

A further two occurred the following month in Runcton and Donnington.

Since then the number of offences has continued to grow and expand into the nearby Arun district.

So far over 50 have been linked under the name of Operation Etna.

Detective Sergeant Michelle Auger said: ‘The majority of these offences are taking place at night in rural areas and it would seem that they’re happening every couple of weeks, when anything between three and six offences can occur in just one night.

‘We would also urge people to report anything suspicious to us. There have been occasions when home owners have thought they have heard noises downstairs but haven’t reported it to police until the following day.’

Call Sussex Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.