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Farm Watch Bulletin 8 March 2018

Alert message sent 08/03/2018 08:24:00

Information sent on behalf of Sussex Police

Thursday, 8 March 2018

Farm Watch Coordinator's Update

This week we’ve had 17 reports of animals loose on the highway. This included 10 sheep, 6 horses and 1 goat. As usual, please remember to check your boundary fences and hedges at least once a day.

Drones flying over farmland

Sussex Police has received reports of a drone being flown in the Battle, Catsfield and Netherfield areas during recent weeks which has panicked a farmer's heavily pregnant ewes in fields below.

Police Community Support Officer Daryl Holter, wildlife crime officer, said: “Sheep are valuable assets and any injury to them can adversely affect farm businesses. Stress caused by straying dogs or, in this case, a drone can badly unsettle sheep, possibly causing pregnant ewes to abort or bringing about their deaths as they try to escape.

"Damage to fences and hedges as flocks try to flee is also a consideration, and once born, lambs separated from their mothers are vulnerable to starvation or hypothermia."

PCSO Holter appeals to drone operators to avoid overflying sheep and to keep the animals' welfare and farmers' livelihoods in mind.

He asked anyone with information about the Rother incidents to pass details online or to phone 101, quoting serial 0413 21/02/18

For more information on legal and responsible drone use please see: 

Kind regards,

Crime and incident update

Monday 26 February 2018 to Sunday 04 March 2018





Adur & Worthing



Nothing reported                   




Nothing reported                   

Brighton & Hove



Nothing reported                   




A red Honda TRX 500 FE with black grids front and rear, was stolen from a farm building in Woodhorn Lane, Oving. A security chain was cut to release it.



A orange Kubota 1710 tractor, together with a loader and mower, were stolen from an open barn in Duncton, Petworth. The boundary fence was cut to gain access to the field.




Nothing reported                   




Nothing reported                   




Nothing reported




Nothing reported




Nothing reported




Nothing reported                   

Mid Sussex



Nothing reported




East Sussex Fire & Rescue were called to a fire on farm land at the end of Glovers Lane, Sidley. Three to four youths were spotted loitering at the time.



A cast iron horse was stolen from premises in Hastings Road, St Leonards, and a second one had its tail broken off. They are described as dark brown in colour, three feet high, four and a half feet long, both were stood up with their mouths partially open.




A workshop/tractor shed in Brick Kiln Lane, Hadlow Down, was broken into. Nothing seems to have been stolen but an untidy search of the premises was made.



A quantity of oil has been stolen from an outside tank at a farm in Chilver Bridge Road, Arlington. 



Another building in Brick Kiln Lane, Hadlow Down, has been broken into overnight, again nothing seems to have been stolen.



Yet another problem in Brick Kiln Lane, Hadlow Down. This time the padlock to a field gate was cut off. There is evidence that a vehicle entered the field and got stuck, so whatever they were up to was aborted.



A metal cattle trough has been stolen from a field in Hurstwood Road, High Hurstwood. This is the second time in six months, the first incident was not reported.

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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