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Farm Watch Bulletin 22 February 2018

Alert message sent 22/02/2018 09:22:00

Information sent on behalf of Sussex Police

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Farm Watch Coordinator's Update

This week there have been a total of forty-eight animals reported as loose on the highways of Sussex. These included 47 horses and 1 goat. Please remember to thoroughly check your roadside hedges and fences on a daily basis, including those where a railway line passes by. 

Outbuilding security

Doors and windows
•    Fit good quality locks that comply with relevant British Standards with good quality locking bars and robust padlocks.
•    Protect windows with metal bars or grilles or consider blocking them up completely.
•    Ensure all doors and windows are shut and locked when not in use.
Security lighting
•    Install security lights that come on automatically at dusk and go off at dawn.
•    Due to the potential fire risk in using any electrical device, it is important that all manufacturers’ instructions are strictly adhered to at all times.
CCTV and intruder alarms
•    Consider installing CCTV to provide formal surveillance to the most vulnerable areas of the property.
•    Consider installing an audible and monitored intruder alarm system.
•    Get comprehensive advice from a reputable security company that conforms to national standards (National Security Inspectorate (NSI), Security Systems and Alarm Inspection Board (SSAIB)

Kind regards 

Phillip Ball
Crime and incident update

Monday 12 February 2018 to Sunday 18 February 2018





Adur & Worthing



Heritage Part of the Heron fencing around the perimeter of Shoreham Fort has been dismantled to gain unauthorised entry. Rubbish was left behind, this had to be cleared up and of course there was a cost involved in repairing the boundary fence.  




Nothing reported.                   

Brighton & Hove



Heritage Metal has been stolen from the roof of Hove Museum & Art Gallery. The episode was caught on CCTV, police enquiries are ongoing.




Nothing reported.




Nothing reported




Heritage For the second time in two days metal has been stolen from the roof of St Richards Church in Priory Road, Eastbourne. Tools were left behind by the intruders which suggest that they may have been disturbed.




Nothing reported




Nothing reported




Nothing reported




A group of youths have been seen throwing stones at geese, goats and horses in the Ringmer area. Please keep an eye out and report any similar instances to Sussex Police.



East Sussex Fire & Rescue attended a fire to a farm building Ditchling Road, Wivelsfield.

Mid Sussex



Heritage A quantity of metal has been stolen from the roof of St Richards Church in Sydney Road. Haywards Heath. Replacement will cost over £4,000.



A farm cottage in Muddleswood Road, Newtimber, Hassocks has been broken into by smashing down the front door. An untidy search of the premises was made, a camera and a sum of money is missing.




Nothing reported




A ‘08 silver Ford Fiesta was seen on a farm in Piltdown, Uckfield. A few minutes later it was discovered that a petrol driven angle cutter was missing.



An outbuilding to a farm in Piltdown was forcefully entered by smashing down the door, damage is estimated to be around £1.500. Nothing was taken from inside the building but another outbuilding was entered and 1,200 litres of diesel was stolen.

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:


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