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Farm Watch Bulletin 1 February 2018

Alert message sent 01/02/2018 11:07:00

Information sent on behalf of Sussex Police

Thursday, 01 February 2018

Farm Watch Coordinator's Update
This week there has been a significant reduction in the number of animals reported as loose on the highway. One report came in which consisted of 12 horses and 3 sheep. Please continue to check your roadside hedges and fences on a daily basis, including those where a railway lines passes by. 

When speaking to farmers and landowners about rural crime, I am often asked if it’s worth reporting crimes affecting the rural community. Let me reassure you that Sussex Police take all reports of crime seriously and if there is the potential to collect forensic evidence from the scene then someone will attend. Please do continue to report all crimes, no matter how small they seem as individual incidents may form part of a wider series of crimes that you are not aware of.

Protect your farm
Farms can offer an attractive target for thieves on the lookout for expensive machinery and equipment as well as the sort of valuables found in any home. Some ideas to secure your farm include:
•    1. Restrict access to your land and property with locked gates, using British Standard locks and high security closed-shackle padlocks.
•    2. Keep gates to farm yards closed whenever possible – criminals see unrestricted access as an invitation to enter.
•    3. A combination of good outside security lighting, CCTV and intruder alarms will deter most thieves but make sure they are regularly checked to ensure they will work when you need them.
•    4. Lock your windows and doors and remove keys from the locks keeping them out of sight.
•    5. Mark all valuable equipment, tools and other property with the name of your farm and the postcode – UV pens, engraving, stamping, tagging or forensic marking are all options to consider, but above all PLEASE make a note of all serial numbers along with details of make and model.
•    6. Display security marker boards to show you have security.
•    7. Where possible install fuel tanks within secure buildings or cage, keeping them locked and alarmed. Consider installing anti-siphon devices.
•    8. Keep computers in well-secured buildings and change passwords monthly.
•    9. Lay gravel rather than hard standing around farm buildings.
•    10. Park larger vehicles in front of access doors to prevent easy access.
•    11. Ensure you have adequate insurance cover.

Kind regards,

Crime and incident update

Monday 22 January 2018 to Sunday 28 January 2018





Adur & Worthing



Nothing reported                   




Nothing reported                   

Brighton & Hove



A field off Ovingdean Road, Brighton, has been entered and four batteries used to power electric fencing have been stolen.



Heritage Crime A quantity of lead has been stolen from the roof of St Phillips Church, New Church Road, Hove. This has caused water to ingress into the building causing further damage.



Heritage Crime St Andrews Church in Church Road, Hove, has been vandalised by having graffiti sprayed on an external wall.




Nothing reported




Nothing reported




Nothing reported




Nothing reported




Nothing reported




Five men with dogs were seen lamping in fields off Maudlin Lane, Bramber, at 21:15 hours yesterday. When approached they ran off.



The garage to a farm house in Wimland Road, Faygate, was forcefully entered and a silver Jeep Cherokee on an 02 plate was stolen.



A farm barn has been broken into and various item have been stolen. These include a red Honda quadbike chassis number 1HFTE35U994250098 and reg similar to !X59!YY, a Husqvarna chainsaw  and a Stihl leaf blower.




Nothing reported

Mid Sussex



A 4’ yellow coloured breaker attachment that fits onto a digger has been stolen from premises in Coombe Hill Road, East Grinstead.



A barn in Ardingly Road, Lindfield, has been entered by destroying the heavy-duty padlock. A bright yellow Suzuki LT80 quadbike along with two chainsaws (one a Stihl) and a Stihl strimmer.



Evidence was found of deer poaching having taken place in Sloop Lane, Scaynes Hill.



Overnight 28/29 January, stables on a farm in Jeremy's Lane, Bolney, Haywards Heath, were broken into and the tack room was forced open. Four saddles were stolen which have a combined value of approximately £18,000.  All four were jumping saddles. Saddle 1 was a CWD make in dark brown leather, saddle 2 and 3 are both made by Devoucoux, are dark leather and both have yellow leather behind where the riders’ legs go, one of them has “DREA” embroidered on it and the name “BAMS” on a brass plate at the back of the seat, the other has “AMAZING GRACE” embroidered on it. The fourth saddle was also a Devoucoux jumping saddle in dark leather but in all dark leather with no yellow on it, this saddle is almost new. All the saddles had stirrups and irons fitted. A riding helmet was also stolen. We are keen to hear from anyone who was in the area at the time and may have seen anyone acting suspiciously. We are also keen to hear from anyone who may be offered such items for sale.




A farm in Bodium had some car parts stolen from outside its workshop. A suspect vehicle was seen, its registration number was obtained.




A farm in Five Ash Down has been broken into and a tractor has been vandalised causing £4,500 worth of damage.



A stable yard to farm premises in Blackham have been broken into. The bonnet and the drivers seat have been removed and stolen to a car parked there, the tack room was entered but nothing was stolen.



Two males were seen tampering with a tractor in a farm yard in Bells Yew Green on 19 January. They ran off when the farm manager approached them. Today the same two people were seen again but this time their vehicle details were obtained.



Overnight some stables and a garage in Newick Lane, Heathfield, were broken into. Nothing was taken but there was damage to the door.


Help us keep Sussex safe

If you saw or heard anything, or have any information about any incident in this message please contact us online, email us at or call 101, quoting the reference number provided.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at
Wildlife Officers can be contacted via local email addresses

Please only contact your local Wildlife Officers for any general enquiries or questions, not to report a crime. Report all crimes and incidents to Sussex Police online, email us at or call 101.

Adur and Worthing:


Brighton and Hove:







Mid Sussex:



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