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Farm Watch Bulletin - 26 April 2018

Alert message sent 26/04/2018 09:03:00

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Thursday, 26 April 2018

Farm Watch Coordinator's Update
Sadly, I have to report that the number of loose animals on the public highways this week has risen to 30. This number was made up of 19 horses, 6 sheep and 5 cows. Please continue to check your roadside hedges and fences on a daily basis.

Sussex residents invited to complete the 2018 National Rural Crime Survey 
It has been three years since the first National Rural Crime Survey asked the public for their views on matters relating to rural crime. 

This year’s survey is now live, and Sussex Police encourages those who live, work or visit rural communities in the county to respond and have their voice heard. 

In late 2017, the force appointed T/Supt Emma Brice and Sgt Tom Carter as dedicated leads for rural crime, to address the vulnerabilities and crime types which are specific to rural areas. 

T/Supt Emma Brice said: “A large proportion of Sussex residents live, work in or visit rural areas regularly and we really want to hear your views on issues related to rural policing and crime.

“We know that there are certain types of crime and areas of vulnerability which impact rural communities and businesses differently from those in urban areas.”

Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said: “One of the focuses of this year’s survey is whether rural crime continues to be underreported. Three years ago, one in four people who responded to the survey nationally said they didn’t report the last crime they’d been a victim of because they didn’t see the point. 

“This is uncomfortable thing to hear, and for all those involved in protecting rural areas, so it’s important we ask these questions again and find out whether people are more willing to report crime and if they feel safer.

“It’s vital that the voice of rural communities is heard by those who can make a difference – from the Police to Government. I urge residents to take part in the survey and help us build a clear picture of crime and anti-social behaviour in rural Sussex and to understand the impact it has where you live or work.”

The survey is available now at and is open for submissions until Sunday 10 June.

Have you thought about fitting trackers?
You will see the advantage of having a tracker fitted to your vehicle if you look in my first report in Lewes. The owner of a trailer, in conjunction with police, managed to recover it within a few hours of it being stolen. See report 1458 of 20/04/2018.

Quadbikes are also being stolen each week. This week one has gone missing in Rother District. See report 519 of 16/04/2018.

Kind regards 

Crime and incident update

Monday 16 April 2018 to Sunday 22 April 2018





Adur & Worthing



Nothing reported                   




A farmer in Flansham is experiencing ongoing problems with youths trespassing on his land. Bales of hay and the electric fencing have been damaged and field gates are being left open allowing cattle to escape. A barn has also been forcefully entered and its contents gone through, nothing appears to have been stolen.



A farm in Yapton Road, Littlehampton, has been entered several times recently and so far several unsuccessful attempts have been made to break into various steel storage containers.

Brighton & Hove



Nothing reported                   




West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service attended a hay bale fire with two appliances in Clay Lane, Chichester.




Nothing reported                   




Nothing reported                   




Nothing reported




Heritage The church of St Mary Star of the Sea in High Street, Hastings, has been entered and a hall marked silver chalice with engraved decoration has been stolen. It is not known at this time its exact value, but it is likely to be high. 




Intruders dragged a truck from outside a container to allow them to forcefully break in. They then stole a strimmer and blower.



CCTV captured a young man on a motorcycle enter a farm in Crawley Road, Faygate. He was wearing a grey tracksuit and hooded top, a black motorcycle helmet and had a small bag over his shoulder. He broke into an outbuilding and stole a small quantity of food and drink.




A 14ft flatbed trailer was stolen from premises in St Helena Lane, Plumpton Green. Fortunately it was fitted with a tracker and Sussex Police followed it to Kent where Kent Police took over. It was traced to a property in Kent where it was recovered.



Heritage The Church of St Anne’s in Western Road, Lewes, has been broken into. The stained-glass window has been smashed and a small amount of cash was stolen from a collection box. The cost of repairs to the window will be very high.

Mid Sussex



A set of Opicio grass harrows have been stolen from a farm in Walling Lane, Crawley Down.



West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service were called to what is described as “deliberate ignition” of rubbish in fields in Dunstall.




A barn in Etchingham Road, Hurst Green, was broken into and a quantity of items were stolen. These included a blue quadbike, a red Gemini Go-Kart Navigator, a black liberator, a red Hammerhead Mudhead, a petrol Tuareg bush cutter, a Stihl chainsaw, a Stihl Hedge cutter and a log splitter.



Heritage A first floor window to Battle Abby Gatehouse has been smashed. CCTV footage shows two youths in the area at the time.



Six sheep have had their throats ripped out by what looks like a dog attack in Ticehurst Road, Hurst Green.




A caravan stored on a farm in Chilver Bridge Road, Arlington, has been broken into and a heater and boiler were stolen from it.



A green coloured tipping trailer has been stolen from a farm in Bodle Street Green.

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:


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