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Sussex Farm Watch Bulletin

Alert message sent 01/03/2018 15:51:00

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Thursday, 1 March 2018

Farm Watch Coordinator's Update

This week we had 7 reports of loose animals on the public highways. These are made up by 4 Pigs, 2 Horses and 1 Sheep. As usual please check your boundary fences and hedges at least once a day, this should include boundaries to railway lines.

Sussex Police would like to thank you for reporting details of suspicious vehicles entering your premises, we received many more this week. Receiving this information is a great help to us to fight crime as it places vehicles in an area at a certain time and helps us to solve crimes in your area. Please keep them coming in.

Perimeter and outbuilding security


Security around the perimeter of your farm premises and outbuildings is important and you should remember to:

• Restrict access to your farm with fences and hedges kept in good repair and regularly checked for breaches or weak spots.

• Keep gates locked and ensure they can’t be lifted off their hinges.

• Use storage which reflects the value of your property; use a secondary secure storage such as a container if necessary.

• Use British Standard locks and high security closed shackle padlocks. 

• Reinforce wooden doors and door frames, protect windows with grilles, bars or block them up completely.

• Keep outside lighting on a dusk to dawn circuit.

• Use building or perimeter alarms where possible. CCTV can provide surveillance on places not in view from the farmhouse.

• Lock buildings when not in use.

• Display prominent signs promoting crime prevention measures and ensure employees know that security measures are in place.

PLEASE REPORT EVERY CRIME To report a crime, call the non- emergency number 101 unless a crime is taking place at the time then call 999. Or by Email

Kind regards


Police Support Volunteer Phillip Ball

Crime and incident update


Monday 19th February 2018 to Sunday 25th February 2018





Adur & Worthing



Nothing reported                   




Nothing reported                   

Brighton & Hove



Nothing reported                   




What is described as a large white dog was seen in fields attacking sheep in a field that backs onto Jury Lane off Selsey Road Chichester. In the attack one sheep was killed and ten were injured.



A farm cottage in Rogate was broken into by forcing the front door, the upstairs bedrooms were ransacked, various items were stolen, these include jewellery, a lap top and an iPad. Nothing was taken from downstairs. A grey motorcycle was seen in the vicinity, the pillion is reported to be female.




Nothing reported




Nothing reported                   




Nothing reported




Nothing reported




A red and grey Takeuchi TB228A Mini Excavator, reference number 122803009 was stolen in Broadbridge Heath Road Horsham. There is evidence that a trailer was backed into the premises from the road. Did you see or hear anything?



Between 500 and 700 litres of heating oil has been stolen from a farm in Valewood Lane Barns Green Horsham.




Nothing reported                   

Mid Sussex



A section of stock fencing has been cut away to a roadside field boundary in Foxhole Lane Bolney. Fortunately, no sheep escaped.




Intruders have entered a field in Catsfield several times in the last few days and have stolen various items, these include, 8 head collars, lead ropes, several water buckets, horse feed, both dog and horse grooming kit along with tools.




Farm premises in Lewes Road Ridgewood Uckfield have been forcefully entered and various items have been stolen, these include a blue Makita hedge cutter, an orange and white generator, a yellow Dewalt jigsaw, a yellow stability laser level, a Dewalt tool kit with charger, an old Honda generator, a Pasloe nail gun, a Dewalt battery radio.



A farmer from Piltdown near Uckfield has been having problems with unknown person(s) fly tipping on his land. He recently caught an offender and had words with him. Details were passed to police and the local council, enquiries are ongoing.



A farm in Cackle Street Uckfield was unlawfully entered and a yellow Matbro tractor (used for heavy lifting) was stolen. Its VIN is 39338, engine number U762309B, it carries a P plate registration.



An outbuilding on a farm in Rushlake Green has been broken into, it is not known at this time if anything has been 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:


Brighton and Hove:







Mid Sussex:



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