Northiam World Champion was Robbery Victim

World champion shooter describes ‘horrific’ attack in his Northiam home

25 February 2016

Police 2


A clay pigeon shooting world champion has spoken of the horrific experience when masked men broke into his house in Northiam terrorising him and his wife.

Four men wearing balaclavas and dark clothing broke into George Digweed’s home in Ewhurst Lane at around 8pm on Sunday (February 21) while he and his wife, Kate, were downstairs in the lounge.

Speaking on Thursday, the multi-British, European and World champion said: “Unfortunately, Kate and I were the victims of a horrific attack on Sunday night when masked men broke into the house.

“I was badly beaten and we were both subjected to a horrible period of time, during which they stole money, guns, trophies, medals and my black Toyota Hilux. The guns taken were a Benelli auto and a new Perazzi high tech.

“We are both mentally scarred forever. I’m also pretty sore. I’m going to try and carry on with my normal schedule as soon as I can and both of us are hoping that the ensuing months and years are a great healer.

“Sussex Police have been fantastic and obviously have a detailed on-going investigation.

“I would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone¬†who has sent messages of support in this difficult time.”

Detective Inspector Rob Morland said: “This violent incident has understandably been a distressing ordeal for the victims. The suspects smashed through French doors at the back of the house with one of them carrying a hammer.

“I would urge anyone who was in the area and saw anything suspicious to get in touch.”

Witnesses can email [email protected] or call 101 quoting Operation Deansway.

Alternatively, you can call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 (

Rye’s Own Bulletin Thursday 25 February 2016