Police have carried out new searches of a home and business belonging to a jailed paedophile as part of a historic sex abuse investigation.

Officers searched the business address and home of Alyn Matless, 71, who was jailed in March for historic sex offences against four young girls.

Documents and communication equipment was removed from a business address in Goldstone Villas, believed to be M&B Domestic Appliances.

It is understood that items were also seized from his home in Old Shoreham Road, ,Portslade, in the searches which took place on August 1.

No arrests were made and the police yesterday refused to release any further information while investigations continued.

Matless was jailed for five-and-a-half years after he was found guilty of 21 offences, some of indecent assault and some of gross indecency with a child.

He abused four girls known to him between 1962 and 1989 who were aged between three and 12 in Hove and Eastbourne.

Matless opened the electric repair shop in 1983 and used his familiarity in the community to befriend victims’ parents and secretly abuse the youngsters.

Matless was put on trial last year but a jury failed to reach a verdict and he was freed.

He was eventually jailed on March 4 this year after being found guilty at a three-day re-trial.