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Farm Watch Bulletin - 15 March 2018

Alert message sent 15/03/2018 10:51:00

Information sent on behalf of Sussex Police

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Farm Watch Coordinator's Update

This week there were 35 reports of loose animals on the public highways – all were sheep. Sadly, one sheep was hit by a car and died at the scene. As usual please check your boundary fences and hedges at least once a day, this includes boundaries where railway lines pass.

Operation Traverse calls on anglers to be 'eyes and ears' to tackle rural crime
Sussex anglers are being encouraged to become 'eyes and ears' for tackling wildlife crime across the county.

The Environment Agency, CEFAS (Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science) and the Angling Trust have joined forces with the National Wildlife Crime Unit (NWCU) and police forces across the country to promote Operation Traverse, highlighting the many problems with criminals operating in rural communities.

Sussex Police announced its involvement on Tuesday (March 13), to coincide with the start of the three-month close season for river fishing starting on March 15, encouraging all users of the countryside and particularly anglers to help tackle the problems.

Crimes are as diverse as the rural environment itself, ranging from theft of fish to public health issues and destruction of Sites of Special Scientific Interest. To read the full press release - click here.

Police 'incredibly frustrated' by more sheep attacks on Cissbury Ring
Sussex Police's rural crime lead has described himself as 'incredibly frustrated' after yet more dog attacks on sheep at Cissbury Ring on the Downs above Worthing.

One of the attacks took place in the field where a farmer-led event highlighting the problems of sheep worrying took place just a week before and a second occurred on the same day on the same farm. The event was attended by dog owners who regularly exercise their pets in the area. To read the full press release - click here. 

Land Rover Defenders
This year we have noticed an increase in the theft of both Land Rover Defenders and of spare parts for them. Although this applies across both East and West Sussex, it has been noted that so far, in the Chichester Policing Area there have been three instances of Land Rover Defender thefts and five of parts being stolen. These offences took place in Emsworth, Chichester, West Dean, Chidham, Singleton, Hambrook, Stopham and Loxwood.

Sadly, these vehicles can be dismantled in a matter of a very few hours, boxed up and then exported, so please try and park them up where they are boxed in or even better in a very secure building that is well alarmed.

Kind regards


Crime and incident update

Monday 05 March 2018 to Sunday 11 March 2018





Adur & Worthing



Nothing reported




Nothing reported                   

Brighton & Hove



A sheep, that was in lamb, was found dead in a field in Falmer Road, near to Blind Veterans UK Brighton. It had bite marks on it consistent with having been attacked by a dog.




A yellow HP 350 Indeco breaker, serial number 26438, has been stolen from premises in Quarry Lane, Chichester.



A land owner in Horner Lane, South Mundham, observed a hare being chased across farmland by a Greyhound type dog. A small silver SUV on a 53 plate was seen nearby.



There is evidence that the barn to a farm in Clay Lane, Fishbourne, was rammed by a vehicle. The roller shutter was knocked down in the process. It is not believed at this time that anything was stolen. 




Nothing reported                   




Nothing reported                   




Nothing reported




Nothing reported




Several parts have been stolen from an Overum plough that was kept in storage in Steyning Road, Steyning. These include five left complete hand skim assemblies and five complete right assemblies.



The lock to the entry gate to land in Malthouse Lane, Ashington, was smashed off and the entry door to a barn was jemmied open. Nothing appears to have been stolen.



At approximately 6pm a white transit van with a registration plate similar to AH11!!! was discovered at the entrance to land in Fryern Lane, Storrington. When the land owner questioned the occupants they said they could not read, both were either teenagers or in their early twenties. Please keep an eye out.




Ten large wooden logs were stolen from the driveway of farm premises in Ashcombe Lane, Kingston.

Mid Sussex



A young man was captured on CCTV entering various outbuildings on a farm in College Lane, Hurstpierpoint. Nothing appears to be missing.




A Ford transit horse box was stolen from premises in Udimore, Rye.




A blue R registered VW Caddy van entered a farm in Lewes Road, Ridgewood, Uckfield. The occupant attempted to steal a lawn mower, when he was caught he made out he was at the wrong premises.



CCTV footage shows a vehicle entering premises in Church Farm Lane, Hailsham. Approximately 60 scrap batteries were stolen.



At 8:55am a transit type van with two men in entered a farm on Perriman’s Lane, High Hurstwood. The driver was aged about 35 and the passenger about 20 years of age. When questioned they said they were looking for scrap metal. Please be aware and on the lookout.

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 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101, quoting the reference number provided.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org
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 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101.

Adur and Worthing: adurandworthing@sussex.pnn.police.uk

Arun: arun@sussex.pnn.police.uk

Brighton and Hove: brightonandhove@sussex.pnn.police.uk

Chichester: chichester@sussex.pnn.police.uk

Crawley: crawley@sussex.pnn.police.uk

Eastbourne: eastbourne@sussex.pnn.police.uk

Hastings: hastings@sussex.pnn.police.uk

Horsham: horsham@sussex.pnn.police.uk

Lewes: lewes@sussex.pnn.police.uk

Mid Sussex: midsussex@sussex.pnn.police.uk

Rother: rother@sussex.pnn.police.uk

Wealden: wealden@sussex.pnn.police.uk

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