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Appeal to locate men suspected of involvement in a series of 70 attacks including arson on houses in Rye, Bexhill and Hastings

Appeal by Police to help them find these four young men suspected of involvement in a series of attacks including arson on houses in Rye, Bexhill and Hastings in recent weeks. Since the beginning of June some 70 attacks have taken place, involving window smashing and arson.

Sussex Police want to trace and interview (clockwise from top left): Charlie Banks, 23, Joshua Lemon, 21, Haydyn Russell, 18, and Adam Charlton, also 18, about the incidents.

Detective Sergeant Greg Montier said: “This is an active investigation and we have already made four arrests. These four men we are still seeking are well known in the areas affected and we are keen to hear from anyone who has information on their whereabouts.”

Anyone with information should contact Sussex Police on 999 quoting Operation Rock. You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Bradley Froud, 18, of Frewyn Close, St Leonards, appeared at Brighton Magistrates Court on Friday 15 July, and was remanded in custody to appear at Lewes Crown Court on 12 August, charged with arson reckless as to whether life was intended in Benson Way, Rye, on 8 and 12 July, and in Ferring Way, Rye, on 13 July. He was also charged with smashing windows in Ferring Way and with unlawful possession of two knives.

Two boys aged 16 were arrested on 14 July on suspicion of criminal damage and were later released on police bail. A man aged 21 was arrested on 5 July on suspicion of criminal damage and conspiracy to commit blackmail, and was also released on police bail while enquiries continue.

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