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Farm Watch Bulletin 08 February 2018

Alert message sent 08/02/2018 08:36:00

Information sent on behalf of Sussex Police

Thursday, 08 February 2018

Farm Watch Coordinator's Update

This week there were a total of 29 reports of loose animals on the highways. This figure was made up of 21 sheep, 7 cows and 1 horse. Please remember to continue to check your roadside hedges and fences on a daily basis, including those where a railway line passes by.

Second dog attack on sheep at Cissbury Ring

A second devastating dog attack on sheep in less than a fortnight has left another in lamb ewe dead and two others with bites to their necks - and it is believed the same dog was responsible.

The attack happened at Cissbury Ring on the Downs north of Worthing on Friday morning (February 2nd).

The dog is thought to be the same one that seriously injured three of the ewes on January 20 and 
following an appeal by the National Farmers' Union, a video has come to light showing the first attack.

Sergeant Tom Carter said: "I am frankly astounded how whoever owns this dog can return and let their animal wreak havoc once again. We know that some dogs will attack sheep and their owners are horrified at how their docile pets can quickly turn into killers. However, if as we believe this is the same dog, then its owner's action is recklessly irresponsible.

"The dog is very distinctive. It is quite a big animal with a tan body and white forequarters, head and tail. It has been described as having a long face.

"There is a second black dog in the video, but we don't think that was involved in the attack and wasn't seen during the second incident. However, its owner may have important information that could help us identify the other dog and I would urge them to get in touch."

Anyone with information can report online or call 101 quoting serial 493 of 02/02/2018.

Tom continued: "We invariably see more dog owners head for the countryside to exercise their pets.

"We urge people to keep their dogs on a lead while they are walking in rural areas and around livestock. So often in these incidents the owners are horrified by what their dogs have done, but they have to accept that even the most docile of pets can quickly turn into a killer given the opportunity.

"A farmer can legally shoot a dog that is chasing livestock and seek compensation from the person responsible for the animal, so please don't take the risk."

Kind regards 

Crime and incident update

Monday 29 January 2018 to Sunday 04 February 2018





Adur & Worthing



Nothing reported                   




Farm premises in Tortington Lane, Tortington, Arundel, were broken into. An outbuilding was entered and half a tonne of lead was stolen.



A yellow 1.7 tonne Yanmar digger (serial number YCEVIO17LFB308825-2015) belonging to Winner Plant Hire has been stolen from premises in Four Lakes Lane, Barnham, Bognor Regis. To remove it the intruders used pallets and bags of cement to make a bridge over a stream and drive it out.



An outbuilding to a farm in Shrimpney Lane, Bognor Regis, was broken into by ripping the door off its hinges. A drill and tool bag were stolen.



SECOND DOG ATTACK ON SHEEP see lead report above.

Brighton & Hove



Nothing reported




Premises in Lavant Road, Chichester, were forcefully entered and a steel container was entered. A petrol disc cutter and a chopsaw were both stolen.  



West Sussex Fire & Rescue attended what they describe as arson to two barns on a farm in Lagness Road, Chichester.




Nothing reported




Nothing reported




Nothing reported




Nothing reported




Nothing reported




A steel container next to a farmhouse in Common Lane, Hassocks, has been broken into. It is reported that tools to the value of £10,000 have been stolen. We do not have a list at this time.

Mid Sussex



Nothing reported




A vehicle parked on a farm in Station Road, Northiam, Rye, was broken into and a bag was stolen that contained a wallet and a Sat Nav.




A farm in Howbourne Lane, Uckfield, has been entered and a stable was broken into by ripping the front off, Model caravans and a set of cast iron saucepans were stolen.



A farm cottage in Wych Cross, Forest Row, has had 2500 litres of heating oil stolen.



The battery to a tractor has been stolen from a Farm in Frant. A white Nissan on a 17 plate was seen leaving the premises.



Two men were seen looking under a couple of Land Rovers in Uckfield. The owner’s wife confronted them, they then came out with some excuse that her husband wanted to buy something from them. As a neighbour had recently had their Land Rover stolen she asked them to leave, they were in a white Renault van. The first part of the registration given is RFZ. Please keep your eyes open and if you see such a vehicle and you can give us the rest of the number please contact us and quote the reference.



Intruders stole an electric fence battery from a farm in Blackbouys.

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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