Police swooped on dozens of homes in West Sussex today as part of a crackdown on burglars and drug dealers.

Operation Cursor was one of the biggest operations yet mounted in by Sussex Police's western division, involving more than 50 officers.

The dawn raids on about 40 homes around Bognor and Chichester came after weeks of planning.

It was also aimed at picking up people for evasion of arrest warrants, non payment of fines and breach of bail conditions.

The operation was expected to lead to several arrests and the recovery of stolen property.

By 9am one man was already in custody after officers searching a house at Chichester, where it was believed a stolen computer was hidden, found a quantity of cannabis.

A spokesman said: "The operation was mainly a burglary initiative but we expected drugs to be found because burglary creates the money to buy the drugs.

"Each of the teams involved in the operation has been given three or four addresses in the Bognor, Chichester and Midhurst areas which are being targeted as a result of intelligence gathering."