Arrests over Jimmy Millen and Jason Martin-Smith 2001 murders

Jimmy Millen
Image caption Jimmy Millen was shot by two men on a motorcycle in October 2001

Four men have been arrested in connection with the murders of two men in Hastings, East Sussex, 14 years ago.

Jimmy Millen, 27, was shot outside his home in Tile Barn Road by two men riding on a motorbike in October 2001.

The body of Jason Martin-Smith, 28, who was originally from Camberley, Surrey, has never been found following his disappearance in August the same year.

Sussex Police said four men aged between 34 and 46 were arrested in Hastings on Wednesday morning.

A 46-year-old St Leonards man has been detained on suspicion of conspiracy to murder Mr Millen.

A man aged 34 and a 36-year-old man, both from St Leonards, were arrested on suspicion of murdering Mr Martin-Smith and conspiracy to murder Mr Millen.

Shot four times

A 42-year-old from Hastings was held on suspicion of conspiracy to murder of Mr Martin-Smith.

Father-of-three Mr Millen was working on a car outside his home when he was shot four times at close range.

He managed to crawl to nearby Carpenter Drive but died in hospital.

Sussex Police said during the investigation into Mr Millen's death it came to light that an acquaintance, Mr Martin-Smith, had been abducted and murdered.

Det Ch Insp Paul Rymarz said the four men were arrested following an internal review of the two unsolved murder cases.

"We are providing support to the victims' families and keeping them informed of the activity.

"This is an unresolved case and we are still appealing for information from the public.

"There is a police reward of £10,000 from 2001, for information which leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the murder of Jimmy Millen."

He confirmed the reward offered more than 13 years ago remained valid.

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