Police are warning Land Rover Defender owners to be vigilant around the Wealden villages after two Defenders were stolen and a third attempted theft in Mayfield and Rotherfield during the past weekend. A white Defender was stolen at some point Saturday night from St Leonards Lane, Mayfield, it was later recovered in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, the vehicle was reportedly damaged and the contents of the vehicle were stolen, including a Makita drill. A red Defender stolen from Town Row, Rotherfield, in the early hours of Sunday was found at Poultwood Golf Course, Higham Lane, Tonbridge, Kent, it had been used in a burglary.
There was also a failed attempt to steal a Defender from Station Road, Mayfield, on Sunday afternoon, thieves caused damage to the vehicle but were unable to steal it. Officers believe that these incidents could very well be linked linked and are warning Land Rover owners to think about how and where they park their vehicles overnight.
Anyone who saw or heard anything suspicious at any of the rural locations in East Sussex or who may have other information is asked to contact police online or phone 101, quoting serial 143 of 25/02. Alternatively, please visit the Crimestoppers website or contact the independent charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.