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Farm Watch Bulletin - 05 April 2018

Alert message sent 05/04/2018 10:38:00

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Thursday, 05 April 2018

Farm Watch Coordinator's Update

This week police received reports of 25 loose animals on the public highways. This number was made up of 10 cows, 10 sheep and 5 horses. As usual please check your boundary fences and hedges at least once a day, this should include boundaries to railway lines. Due to the very wet ground following a few weeks of wet weather, extra care should be taken when checking fencing in fields where horses are kept. They can easily push posts flat when putting their heads through fences.

Security Reminder
Following the theft of a quad bike in Rother this week and reports of other equipment thefts (below) we’d like to highlight the below security advice to help prevent theft or increase the chance on items being returned to you should they be stolen.

  • Secure and immobilise vehicles and equipment when not in use
  • Park vehicles in a secure building out of sight
  • Avoid leaving smaller vehicles like quad bikes and ATVs unattended and out in the open
  • Secure keys out of sight
  • Mark all property with the farm name and post code, use a UV pen, engraving, stamping, tagging or forensic marking
  • Restrict access to you land or property with locked gates
  • Keep a record of chassis numbers

Over the past few weeks there have been a number of reports of unknown persons driving onto property. When challenged they have enquired about buying scrap or offered goods for sale. It is thought however that this may be used as an excuse when they’ve been found on land.

In recent weeks we’ve also shared information in relation to several thefts of water tanks – specifically in the Wealden area on 3 and 13 March.

Kind regards,


Crime and incident update

Monday 26 March 2018 to Sunday 01 April 2018





Adur & Worthing



Heritage Police are appealing for witnesses after Shoreham Fort was daubed with graffiti. The criminal damage on a wall at the monument in Forthaven, Shoreham Beach, is believed to have happened sometime between 5.30pm on 26 March and 3.30pm on 29 March. Anyone with information should contact police on 101 and quoting serial 829 of 29/03.




Nothing reported                   

Brighton & Hove



An unsuccessful attempt was made to break into a listed barn in Hangleton Lane, Hove. The front window shutter was damaged and damage was caused to the sidewall by removing stones and bricks. Roof tiles were removed and the rear door damaged.




A farmyard in Elms Lane, West Wittering, was broken into and a trailer and scrap metal were stolen. We do not have detail of the make/model of the trailer.



24 sheep have been reported stolen from a farm in Graffham.



Again, the farm on Elms Lane, West Wittering, has been broken into and a van parked there was forcefully entered and tools stolen from it. These included a Stihl disc cutter, a Dewalt circular saw, two buckets that contained copper, two copper tanks, a leisure battery and an old tractor battery.



A clay coloured Ifor Williams 506 horse trailer, VRM 5073276, chassis number SCK400000A5073276, serial numbers DC004134C3 and DC004123BC, has been stolen from premises Kirdford, Billingshurst. 




Nothing reported                   




Nothing reported                   




Nothing reported




Nothing reported




A barn on a farm in Crawley Road, Faygate, Horsham, was forcefully entered and an unsuccessful attempt was made to steal two vehicles parked inside.



Farm buildings in Sedgwick Lane, Horsham, were broken into; tools and keys were stolen. A JCB buggy was hotwired and driven away across fields.



A pair of tailor made ramps from an Ifor Williams trailer have been stolen from premises in Castle Lane, Bramber.




A farm in Ditchling Road, Wivelsfield, has been entered and one building broken into and a barn searched. It is known that a strimmer has been stolen but until a full inventory has been made we will not know exactly has gone.

Mid Sussex



Nothing reported




A red Honda TRX 500 quadbike with a frame ID number of 18FTE4672G4100958 has been stolen from farm premises in Fontridge Lane, Etchingham.




A farm in Hadlow Down Road, Crowborough, was entered and the padlock to an outbuilding forcefully removed. The intruders then emptied the contents of three chest freezers containing meat, all of which was 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 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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