Sussex airstrips tip-off plea to prevent major crime

People who live or work near airfields in Sussex are being urged to report suspicious incidents as part of an initiative to prevent major crime.

Sussex Police said small tip-offs could help build up a bigger picture which might prevent crimes such as terrorism, illegal immigration or smuggling.

Posters and leaflets are being distributed to 90 airstrips across the county and also handed out at events.

The force is the second in the UK to take part in Project Pegasus.

Small airstrips

Insp Nick Porter said a person not wearing suitable clothing or an unfamiliar aircraft might be useful information.

"Do you live near small airstrips or areas where aircraft can land?" he said.

"Do you own an aircraft or microlight? Are you involved in recreational airborne activities or employed in the aviation industry?

"It's so important that people are aware of what is going on around them when they are near or at small airfields.

"We ask that if you see something like packages being transferred to waiting cars or aircraft with too many people on board you don't forget about it.

"Please report it to Sussex Police."

Project Pegasus builds on Project Kraken, introduced in Sussex last year, which encourages people to report suspicious incidents at small ports, marinas and harbours.

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