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Woman charged after theft of vodka and cigarettes and 3 counts of assaulting an emergency worker

Police have charged a woman in connection with an aggravated burglary in Eastbourne.

Louise King, 42, of North Avenue, Eastbourne, has been remanded in custody to appear before Brighton Magistrates’ Court today (Wednesday 18 January).

Officers responded to a report of an aggravated burglary at Co-op in Albert Parade, Eastbourne, on Saturday (14 January). Several items were stolen, including vodka and cigarettes.

Following enquiries, King was detained by officers at her address on Monday afternoon (16 January).

When officers arrived, there was concern for her safety and negotiators and specially trained officers were called to assist.

After entering the property and ensuring King’s safety, she was arrested by officers and subsequently charged with the aggravated burglary.

She has also been charged with three counts of assaulting an emergency worker.

Detective Inspector Sophie McGarel said: “This was a long-running incident that required the attendance of specially trained officers to ensure the safety of the woman, the officers responding and the wider public.

“I would like to thank the public for their patience and understanding while we dealt with the situation.”

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