POLICE are hunting for a hapless would-be intruder who was thwarted by a door.

The thief, or thieves, damaged the door as they tried to break into the house in Chapel Street, Newhaven, at 7pm on Tuesday but failed to break through.

PC Michael Turner said; “Access had been gained from an alleyway that runs between Chapel Street and South Road. If you were in the that evening and saw anything suspicious please contact us online or by calling 101, quoting serial 280 of 19/03.

“Please also stay alert for any such attempts.”

He continued: “Take care to keep your property secure, and call us on 999 if you see anything that concerns you.”