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Lewes Weekly Update

Alert message sent 06/04/2018 10:03:00

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Thursday 29 March - Friday 6 April

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Can you help find stolen cat Masa?

A family has been left devastated after their pet cat was stolen.

Callous thieves stole the cat carrier, with Masa an English Blue inside, as a mother and daughter walked through Lewes last Saturday night (March 31).

At around 11pm a 16-year-old girl was walking along De Montfort Road with her mother carrying the pet carrier which looked like a luggage holdall.  

As they walked they became aware of a vehicle following behind them as they walked from De Montfort Road onto Irelands Lane towards Western Road. As they reached the junction with Western Road, a man has approached them from behind and grabbed the pet carrier before running back down Irelands Lane and getting into a waiting car on Bradford Road. The vehicle drove off at speed along Bradford Road heading towards the junction with The Avenue.

PC James Bunkin said: "The owners of the cat are absolutely distraught and obviously incredibly upset by the theft of their family pet. Masa is microchipped and only has one eye.

"We don't believe the intention was to steal the cat and it is more than likely the victim has been targeted due the bag having the appearance of a luggage holdall or handbag. We think perhaps Masa has been left in the Lewes area once the thief has realised he was in the bag.

"The suspect was a man and described as a white, late 20s early 30s, around 6' in height and of slightly stocky build, wearing a black hooded top with white writing across the chest and baggy blue jeans.  The man had his hood up to conceal his identity.

"The vehicle is described as dark in colour and likely to be a hatchback or saloon type car."

Anyone with information for officers is asked to contact police online via https://sussex.police.uk/contact-us/report-online/ or call 101, quoting serial 1300 of 31/03. 

Crime summary

A house was broken into on Keymer Avenue in Peacehaven on Saturday (31 March). An Xbox 1 was taken (ref: 0782 31/03).

Over the weekend (between Friday 30 March & Monday 2 April), 2 nail guns were taken from a house on Headland Way in Peacehaven (ref: 0247 03/04).


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Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

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