A 13-YEAR-OLD boy has been arrested on suspicion of burglary after a spate of key and vehicle thefts.

Seven vehicles have been stolen this week and car keys have been taken from properties in Heston Avenue in Patcham, Stafford Avenue in Seaford, The Ridgeway in Brighton and Elizabeth Avenue in Hove.

The boy, from Brighton, was taken into custody on Thursday and Sussex Police has launched an investigation.

The force asked anyone who has noticed suspicious behaviour in these areas to call 101.