Kent and Sussex warnings over Land Rover crime spree

Land Rover
Image caption Kent Police said thieves could be taking 4x4s to carry out ram raids or sell for parts

A series of thefts of Land Rovers seen in parts of Kent and East Sussex has led two police forces to issue warnings to owners of the 4x4 vehicles.

Five crimes were reported in three days in Sussex, and the vehicles have been targeted throughout the winter in Kent.

Insp Sonia Lassnig, from Kent Police, said thieves could be taking the 4x4s to use in ram raids or sell for parts.

Police were also concerned the vehicles were being stolen for export because of their popularity, she said.

Rural areas around Tunbridge Wells have seen several older style Land Rovers targeted and police have particularly warned owners of Land Rover Defenders to secure their vehicles.

In one incident in Goudhurst, a locked 10-year-old green Land Rover Defender, worth an estimated £23,000, was taken.

Sussex Police said on Friday, an attempted theft was reported in Hailsham and then another vehicle was stolen from Penhurst and later found burnt out.

That was followed by a theft in Lewes on Saturday, and on Sunday two vehicles were taken from the village of Hurst Green.

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