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Renewed Appeal for Witnesses After Police Chase Ends in Four Arrests

Authorities are calling for additional witnesses after a car chase led to the arrest of four individuals.

The incident began around 6pm on Saturday, January 27, when law enforcement noticed a vehicle of interest on the A23 southbound near Pyecombe.

A blue Ford Focus did not comply with a police stop request and was chased onto the A27 eastbound. Here, it was involved in a slight collision near the Ashcombe Roundabout, situated between Falmer and Lewes.

Following the crash, the car’s occupants fled but were soon apprehended by police on the ground, with support from the National Police Air Service helicopter.

Officials are requesting that anyone who witnessed the event or has video from dash cams, CCTV, or mobile phones to come forward. This request includes any footage showing the vehicle on the A23 or A27 before the accident.

Information can be submitted online or by calling 101, referencing case number 963 of 27/01.

Arrested were:

  • A 30-year-old man from Hastings, on charges of dangerous driving, failure to stop for police, and possession of a firearm intending to incite fear. He has been released on bail until April 28, awaiting further investigation.
  • A 21-year-old man from Hastings, facing similar charges of dangerous driving, failure to stop for police, and unlawful possession of a firearm. His bail is set until April 20, pending more inquiries.
  • Another 21-year-old man from Battle was apprehended for vehicle theft, firearm possession with intent to cause fear, and failure to stop for police. He also has been bailed until April 20, for an ongoing investigation.
  • A 25-year-old Hastings man was arrested under suspicion of failing to stop for police, possessing a firearm without a certificate, aggravated vehicle taking, and dangerous driving. He awaits further inquiry on bail until April 20.

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