FOUR young men have been charged with suspected involvement in a series of attacks including arson on houses. 

Police in East Sussex have now arrested and charged four men suspected of involvement in 70 attacks on houses in Rye, Bexhill and Hastings between June and July. Other arrests have also been made.

Charlie Banks, 18, of no fixed address, has been charged with conspiracy to commit arson with intent or recklessness as to whether life was endangered in Rye between July 7 and July 15. 

He was remanded in custody and will appear at Lewes Crown Court on August 23.

Joshua Lemon, 21, of Camber, has been charged with grievous bodily harm that occurred in Rye on June 28. 

He was given court bail to appear at Lewes Crown Court on August 19 and required to live at an address outside Sussex in the meantime.

Haydyn Russell, 18, of St Leonards, has been charged with criminal damage to a restaurant in Hastings on June 3; arson with recklessness as to whether life was endangered and criminal damage, in Ferring Close, Rye, on July 13, jointly with Bradley Froud; and being concerned in the supply and possession of cannabis. 

He was committed for trial at Lewes Crown Court, with an initial hearing on August 12.

Five other arrests have previously been made.

Bradley Froud, 18, of St Leonards, is due to appear at Lewes Crown Court on August 12, charged with arson reckless as to whether life was intended in Benson Way, Rye, on July 8 and 12, and in Ferring Way, Rye, on July 13. 

He was also charged with smashing windows in Ferring Way and with unlawful possession of two knives.

Two boys aged 16 were arrested on July 14 on suspicion of criminal damage and were later released on police bail.

A 21-year-old man was arrested on July 5 on suspicion of criminal damage and conspiracy to commit blackmail, and was also released on police bail while enquiries continue.

Detective Inspector Graham Farmer said: “Our enquiries into are continuing and we welcome any further information. You can contact us either online or by calling 101, quoting Operation Rock. Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”