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Farm Watch Bulletin 15 February 2018

Alert message sent 15/02/2018 10:54:00

Information sent on behalf of Sussex Police

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Farm Watch Coordinator's Update

This week police received 64 reports of animals being loose on a public highway. This included 41 sheep, 20 cows and 3 horses. As usual please check your boundary fences and hedges at least once a day, this includes boundaries to railway lines.

Practical Advice on protecting your equipment and your business
Farm property is normally spread over many acres with most stock and equipment portable and therefore easy to steal. Most farms are easy to enter, making total security almost impossible. However much can still be done to reduce the risks:
  • Unless you are going through them, gates should be kept shut at all times.
  • If your gates are not automatic, then consider having them automated. It is not as expensive as you may think.
  • Automatic gates and barrier systems can be installed even if there is no mains power. This is achieved using solar charged systems.
  • Gate hinges should be of the capped or inverted type to prevent easy removal.
  • Make regular checks to see if they have been tampered with.
  • Mark all your gates to make them unique to your farm.
  • Use good quality chains and padlocks on your field gates.
  • When possible, lock tools and small items of machinery inside a secure building. Install locks on all the doors as this will confuse the intruder as to which building contains the valuable items.
  • To prevent the theft of diesel, batteries, tools and accessories, avoid leaving tractors and other farm implements in fields.
  • Do not leave tractors and other equipment with GPS systems out in the field.
  • Keep valuable machinery away from public roads when not in use.
  • Consider making a secure cage or structure for smaller items, which should be sited within a secure and alarmed building.
  • Record the make and serial number of power tools. Also photograph them – an up-to-date inventory is vital.
  • Mark or stamp easily removed items with your postcode, followed by the first two letters of your farm’s name, or other identifying marks.
  • Try to keep fuel storage tanks out of view of public areas.
  • Consider installing an alarm system to monitor your buildings and machinery and fuel storage tanks. Wireless alarm systems can be installed to monitor a large area without cables etc. alarm systems can report straight to a landline or mobile phone. Mains power is not essential; systems can be powered from batteries with solar charging. Reporting is via GSM communicators.
  • Consider CCTV, ideally to identify offenders but also to allow you to monitor the farm remotely. Pictures can be sent direct to your mobile phone or PC. A phone line is not required; systems can be viewed remotely using GSM technology. 
Kind regards 

Crime and incident update

Monday 05 February 2018 to Sunday 11 February 2018





Adur & Worthing



A grey painted wooden trailer with flat tyres has been stolen from land adjacent to Norfolk Bridge in Brighton Road, Shoreham by Sea. Access to the land was gained by cropping the locks to the field. A black 4x4 was seen in the area.




Nothing reported                   

Brighton & Hove



Nothing reported




A field in Vann Common, Fernhurst, was entered by dogs who attacked the sheep in it. Three sheep were killed, two are missing and five others are heavily pregnant. Two dogs were seen in the vicinity at the time of the attack, they were described as small, black and brown.



A field in Woolbeding, Midhurst, was entered by persons unknown overnight. The intruders then cut an electric fence and drove a small vehicle down the field to a barn, as it is heavily alarmed no attempt was made to enter it.




Nothing reported




Heritage St Richards Church in Priory Road, Eastbourne, has been the victim of a major lead theft. The entire side of one roof has been stripped bare. Theft of lead allows water to ingress not only into the body of the church but also the walls of the structure.




Nothing reported




Nothing reported




Nothing reported




Premises in Landport, Lewes, were entered and an outbuilding was forcefully entered. Some equestrian items were stolen, these include a black 17” leather Albion K2 saddle complete with stirrup leathers and irons, a dark brown pony saddle and a Kate Negus bridle complete with a Neue Schule bit, and a pair of Jefferies reins.

Mid Sussex



Nothing reported




East Sussex Fire & Rescue attended a fire in a farmhouse in Whitebread Lane, Beckley, Rye where the AGA melted.



A sheep owner who is keeping their flock in fields off Marley Lane, Battle, found one sheep dead and a second one injured. The injuries are consistent with a dog attack.



A 1997 JCB 803+ 3 tonne mini digger and bucket serial number 0765746 has been stolen from premises in Whitebread Lane, Beckley, Rye.




Outbuildings on a farm in School Lane, Nutley, have been broken into and various items were stolen, these include two chainsaws, a hedge trimmer, a strimmer, a fuel tank, an extension lead and a quantity of hand tools.

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.

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