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Farm Watch Bulletin 22 March 2018

Alert message sent 22/03/2018 10:23:00

Information sent on behalf of Sussex Police

Thursday, 22 March 2018

Farm Watch Coordinator's Update

This week there have been two reports of loose animals on the public highways, both were horses. As always, please check your boundary fences and hedges at least once a day, including where railway lines pass by.

Top Tips for Tackling Metal Theft

•    Remain vigilant and report anything suspicious, as metal theft can occur any time during the day or night. 
•    If you see someone on a roof without scaffolding - report it to the police and record the details of any vehicle being used. This information can greatly help police should there be any such thefts in your area. 
•    Keep an eye on any nearby schools, places of worship and disused buildings and report anyone you may see trespassing – particularly on the roof of the buildings. 
•    Be vigilant if you see vans or workmen arriving unexpectedly at the building between 6pm and 8am, as they could be stealing the lead from the roof.
•    Where possible, restrict vehicle access to buildings by locking gates and ensure that any perimeter fences are secure.
•    Remove any means of transporting metal away from the property such as wheelbarrows and wheelie bins. Keep these items in a secure place.
•    Ensure that ladders are stored in a secure place and out of sight of any passers-by. Ideally, keep them chained or secured to a wall in a secure outbuilding such as a garage or shed.
•    Remove any water butts or garden furniture that could give would-be thieves access to the roof of a property.
•    Don’t leave any scrap metal you may have such as copper piping, outside the property or your home in full view of passers-by.
•    Regularly check your building / property before it rains to ensure that no thefts have occurred and that your property will not be subjected to water damage.
•    Be a good neighbour and keep an eye on empty properties in your street or area and again report any suspicious activity to police.
•    If you have copper or lead on show on your property – paint it black so it doesn’t stand out. Painting the metal black can help deter a thief from targeting the property.
•    Consider anti-climb paint. This can be administered 6ft or above however signage must be provided to forewarn individuals that it has been used.

Kind regards 

Phillip
Crime and incident update
 

Monday 12 March 2018 to Sunday 18 March 2018

Area

Ref

Date

Details

Adur & Worthing

0695

16/03/2018

Metal thieves were spotted removing metal from premises in Southwick and putting it into a white Mercedes Sprinter van. When challenged they replaced the stolen metal. The registration number is similar to KX04!!!

Arun

0097

16/03/2018

Nothing reported                   

Brighton & Hove

0246

13/03/2018

Two car batteries used to energise electric fences have been stolen from fields in Greenways, Ovingdean.

Chichester

0117

13/03/2018

A stable yard in Warners Lane, Chichester, was broken into and several buildings were forcefully entered, various items were stolen. These include a set of Heiniger battery operated horse clippers, black tendon boots with light blue piping, part of a first aid kit, a Gallagher S40 solar powered electric fence energiser, light fittings and several leisure batteries.

0997

18/03/2018

Farm premises in Selsey Road, Donnington, Chichester, were entered and various items were stolen, these included a leaf blower, a chainsaw and a strimmer.

Crawley

 

 

Nothing reported                   

Eastbourne

 

 

Nothing reported                   

Gatwick

 

 

Nothing reported

Hastings

 

 

Nothing reported

Horsham

0243

13/03/2018

Premises in Pulborough Road, Cootham, were entered and a chicken coop, two chickens and a chicken run were stolen. CCTV footage is yet to be examined.

0881

11/03/2018

Last week we reported (see below) about a suspect vehicle, in the report the similar registration number was incorrect, it should have read AK and not AH.

 

At approximately 18:00 hours a white Transit van with a registration plate similar to AH11!!! was discovered in 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.

Lewes

0607

12/03/2018

Two men, both with Lurcher dogs, were seen in a field of pregnant ewes, in the Kingston area. It is believed that they were hare coursing.

0589

16/03/2018

Two shipping containers on farm premises in Ditchling Road, Wivelsfield, were forcefully entered and six chainsaws as well as hedge cutters and their attachments were stolen along with three wheel barrows.

Mid Sussex

0652

12/03/2018

A barn in Lewes Road, Scaynes Hill, was forcefully entered and a dark blue 600cc Polaris quadbike was stolen.

1198

17/03/2018

An electric fence energiser and battery have been stolen from a farm in Cherry Lane, Balcombe.

Rother

0531

14/03/2018

East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service attended a cherry picker fire on a farm in Battle.

0668

14/03/2018

The barn to a farm in Whatlington, Battle, was forcefully entered and a quadbike was stolen.

Wealden

0463

12/03/2018

A red Massey Fergusson tractor, chassis number V160748, engine number U782022, has been stolen from Bemzells Lane, Hailsham.

0254

13/03/2018

A cattle water drinking tank has been stolen from a field in Shepherds Hill, Buxted.

0679

13/03/2018

A Bailey Ranger Prestige 2008 5050/6 caravan, serial number SGBSG06BY80705568, has been stolen from a field in Witherenden Road, Mayfield.

0624

14/03/2018

Premises in Eridge Lane, Crowborough, were broken into by cutting locks. Nothing is believed to have been stolen.

0802

15/03/2018

A sheep owner from Eridge Green found a Staffy type dog chasing their pregnant ewes, one of the ewes had blood on it and was injured. The sheep owner managed to capture the dog and hold on to it until its owner was located.

1268

15/03/2018

East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service attended a barn fire in North Street, Hailsham. The fire was successfully extinguished.

1002

16/03/2018

Due to the owner of machinery that was stolen having kept a record of the serial number, police were able to return these items when they were recovered by the Metropolitan Police. 




 
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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