Big reward on offer to stop burglars


A GROUP of burglars are believed to be responsible for dozens of burglaries across the south east, including Sompting.

Between 5pm and 8pm on Wednesday, November 12, intruders broke into homes in Avon Close, Sompting, and Cross Lane and School Hill, Findon.

In each case, they forced open doors at the back of the properties and searched the homes before escaping with jewellery and cash.

A silver Audi car was seen near the homes during each of the burglaries and detectives believe they could be linked to a series of 96 break-ins across the south east in which a similar vehicle has been used.

A reward worth up to £10,500 has been put up for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of any of those involved in the burglaries.

Detective Sergeant Michelle Auger said: “At about 9pm on Wednesday, a man found boxes of jewellery at the side of White Styles Road in Sompting and we are considering the possibility that it could be some of what was stolen earlier in the day.

“It may have been dumped there by the burglars or thrown by them from their car as they drove away. We are very keen to speak to anyone who was in the area and could have seen the items being thrown from the car or who saw a silver Audi being driven around Sompting acting suspiciously.

Anyone with information should contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 quoting Operation Smart, email or call 101