Officers have made further arrests in connection with motorcycle thefts in Eastbourne.

Police recently launched Operation Terrain in a bid to identify and catch those responsible for the recent increase in motorbike thefts.

As a result of on-going enquiries, community reporting, and CCTV checks, in the last few days five teenagers all aged between 14 – 16 and from Eastbourne have been arrested on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle.

A number of evidential items have been seized, and two of the youngsters have since been bailed with robust conditions, including both non-association and curfew conditions.

Further enquiries have also revealed potential further suspects, as well as links to an investigation into theft and significant damage at a local golf club on the 8th July (if you have information about this incident please report online or call 101 quoting serial 602 of 08/07)

“Whilst we continue to carry out targeted patrols in the known hotspots, gather intelligence and arrest offenders where possible; we also continue to encourage members of the community to report any suspicious behaviour and any abandoned motorcycles.”

Owners of motorcycles are also being advised to double-lock and chain their motorcycles securely and, where possible, store out of sight and install CCTV.

Anyone with information should contact police online or ring 101 quoting Operation Terrain.