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Farm Watch Bulletin 29 March 2018

Alert message sent 29/03/2018 15:36:00

Information sent on behalf of Sussex Police

Thursday, 29 March 2018

Farm Watch Coordinator's Update
This week police have received reports of 15 animals loose on the public highways. This number was made up of 10 horses and 5 sheep. As usual please check your boundary fences and hedges at least once a day, this includes boundaries to railway lines. 

Due to the very wet ground and particularly where horses are concerned, if they put their heads through wooden rails or fence wire, the fence posts can often be pushed flat to the ground enabling them to escape.

Advice for drivers of slow moving vehicles
All road users have a responsibility for their own safety and the safety of others.

The risk to drivers of slow moving vehicles and their passengers, and other road users and their passengers, increases if visibility is limited or the intentions of the vehicle’s driver are not made clear.

The offence of dangerous driving not only refers to the way a vehicle is driven, but also to the condition of that vehicle.

In general, agricultural vehicles and trailers are exempt from lighting regulations when used only during the hours of daylight. However, this type of vehicle and any trailer must display the appropriate lights if on the road before sunrise or after sunset. Failure to comply with this requirement is an offence and could lead to two years imprisonment and/or a fine, disqualification and a compulsory re-test.

Some vehicles are required to display flashing amber beacons on unrestricted dual carriageways, but it is recommended that ALL slow vehicles have flashing beacons on roads carrying fast traffic.

Summary of advice for drivers of slow moving vehicles:
•    Vehicles and trailers must display appropriate lights between sunset and sunrise
•    Reflectors and lights should be kept clean
•    Showing a white light to the rear is an offence when the vehicle is travelling forwards
•    Both the owner and the driver (who may be an employee) have responsibility for the condition of a vehicle and any towed trailer being driven on the highway
•    Driving a vehicle on the highway that does not comply with the regulations can lead to a charge of dangerous driving
•    The penalty for dangerous driving can be a maximum of two years imprisonment

There have been a number of calls into the control room from people reporting uninvited callers driving in and stealing scrap metal and or old batteries. These calls have come in from every policing area in both East and West Sussex. Please consider keeping entrance gates shut, this very often deters uninvited visitors.

Kind regards 

Crime and incident update

Monday 19 March 2018 to Sunday 25 March 2018





Adur & Worthing



Nothing reported                   




Nothing reported                   

Brighton & Hove



Two men with Lurcher dogs were seen hare coursing in the Mile Oak area of Portslade. Photographs of the pair were obtained by a member of the public. Enquiries are ongoing.




Premises on Walton Lane, Bosham, Chichester, were broken into and a steel container was forcefully entered. An old laptop was stolen and an untidy search was made. A £5000 Pecker (an attachment for a 360-degree digger for breaking concrete) was stolen from the yard outside.



A farm workshop in Old Park Lane, Bosham, has been forcefully entered via a side door. Various tools have been stolen. Currently, we do not have a list of stolen items.



A farmer in Fernhurst reports that two dogs who recently attacked sheep on a neighbour’s farm have attacked his sheep. Enquiries are ongoing.




Nothing reported                   




Nothing reported                   




Nothing reported




Nothing reported




A white Ford van on an 05 registration plate was captured on CCTV entering farm premises in Stane Street, Adversane. The two occupants stole 10 old tractor batteries.



An SA works van parked on farm in Valewood Lane, Barns Green, was broken into overnight. A Dewalt impact driver, drill, disc cutter, skill saw and a multi tool were all stolen.



At 3.30pm on Tuesday, 27 March, a suspicious vehicle was seen in exactly the same scenario as reported a couple of weeks ago again with the nose of the van up to the gates on Fryern Road, Storrington. When they noticed that their details were being noted down they drove off straight away. This time the vehicle was a red transit van - registration similar to LD08 X!!.




Nothing reported

Mid Sussex



Nothing reported




Three men were caught stealing old batteries; when challenged they became abusive and returned them.



Overnight an outbuilding on farmland was entered and the rear axles from two classic cars were stolen.




An outbuilding in Eridge Lane, Crowborough, has been broken into and a 3.5 ton Ifor Williams plant trailer was stolen.



A farm barn in Lower Dicker has been broken into and a large Sealey battery charger was stolen.



Intruders entered a stable yard in Butchers Lane, Hartfield, by lifting the entrance gates off their hinges. A quantity of items have been stolen, including a burgundy Ifor Williams 505 horse trailer, vin SCK40000045005228, S/no 4-S4096, along with ten 7 foot turn out rugs by Mark Todd & Premier Equine, whips, a tailor made riding jacket and a wheel barrow. The trailer has the word “PAICE” written in many places on it in black. The whole offence was caught on CCTV.


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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