Detectives from the Community Investigation Team (C.I.T) at Hastings have charged a man with the theft of a motor vehicle and driving without insurance after stealing a motorcycle outside a casino in Eastbourne.

The motorcycle was taken around 4.20am on Friday, February 4 from the rear of the Admiral Casino in Terminus Road.

Following a call from a member of the public police found the motorbike, which had been damaged and abandoned at the rear of a shop leaving a trail of blood.

Forensics results identified Oscar Powell, 27, of Terminus Road, Eastbourne as the suspect.

Officers conducted a search at his address where they found an electric scooter identical to the one the suspect was seen using on CCTV before stealing the motorcycle.

Powell was charged and remanded in court custody as he is serving a suspended sentence for attempted robbery.

He is due to appear at a court yet to be determined on Thursday, April 14.