Theft in Hastings: Police Appeal

Police in Hastings are searching for heartless thieves who stole from an elderly couple after pretending that work needed doing on their roof.
At about 12.10pm on Tuesday 12 February, a man talked his way into their house in Sedlescombe Road North, saying that work needed doing urgently on the roof, to the sum of £2000.
The suspect then took the victim, a 75-year-old man, out to the back garden to look at the roof, during which time a second man entered the house and steal two safes containing £2000, four or five watches, a 24 carat gold coin, some old English money, a dash cam and three watches.
The suspects are believed to have left in a white van, believed to be a Peugeot Partner or similar, which was initially in Burry Road, though at one point it moved into Paynton Road before leaving the area.
Detective Constable Shaun Ryan said; “If any residents of Sedlescombe Road North, Burry Road, or Paynton Road, or nearby areas, have had calls of a similar nature, we ask them to contact us.
“I would also like local residents to check their CCTV, especially doorbell cameras, which may have caught best footage of the suspects or their vehicle at the relevant times.
“If you can help in anyway please contact us online (link added) or by calling us on 101, quoting serial 544 of 12/02. You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
“And please don’t forget, if in doubt keep them out. Don’t let anyone into your home unless you know exactly who they are and if you are happy with their reason for being there.”

Help us keep Sussex safe

Seen something suspicious or have information about a crime or incident? Please contact us online, email us at or call 101.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at