Sussex Police have arrested a total of five people in connection with the damage, caused by explosive devices, detonated in post boxes and telephone boxes around the Chichester district on Boxing Day night, 26thth December 2018.
Police officers are investigating these eight acts of postbox vandalism in Bosham, Lavant, Charlton, East Dean, Barlavington, Westerton and Oving between 10pm and 12 midnight.
These explosions were ignited at the following locations:
- Post-box outside The Reach, Smugglers Lane, Bosham
- Post-box at the entrance to Bosham Hoe on Hoe Lane junction with Smugglers Lane, Bosham
- Post-box on the A286 junction with St Nicholas Road, Lavant
- Post-box outside The Fox Goes Free PH, Charlton Road, Charlton
- Post-box near the Star and Garter pub, East Dean
- Post-box Folly Lane, Barlavington
- Telephone kiosk on the corner of Richmond Road, Westerton
- Telephone kiosk at the High Street junction with Highfield Lane, Oving
Within a few days, 22-year-old man from Chichester and a 23-year-old from Hampshire were arrested on suspicion of causing an explosion likely to endanger life. Another 22-year-old man also from Chichester was arrested on suspicion of causing an explosion likely to endanger life and the possession of a class B drug.
All three were released on police bail until February 5th.
Detective Sergeant Vicky Guy from Sussex Police went on to say that:
“We have now made a total of five arrests but this still remains a live investigation … We continue to appeal to the public and ask anyone with information to report it to us without delay … You can do this either online or by calling 101. Alternatively, you can visit the Crimestoppers website or contact the independent charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.”
These two men were released on police bail until February 8.
“It’s important to stress that we believe these criminal acts were intended to cause damage and nobody has been hurt, but there is significant potential to cause injury and we have dedicated officers to the investigation as a matter of urgency." (Sussex Police, Detective inspector Alan Pack)
Five post boxes 'blown up' on Boxing Day
The explosions had a "significant potential to cause injury", according to police.
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