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Alert message sent 13/09/2018 08:38:00

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Thursday, 13 September 2018

Farm Watch Coordinator's Update

Reported cases of loose animals on the public highways this week has fallen from 122 to 16. A total of 15 sheep, and one cow. Please, livestock owners, ensure that your field boundaries are animal proof.

Please ensure that you check your road, motorway and railway sided fields at least once a day.

There have been several thefts this week across both East and West Sussex, items stolen include six bicycles, six gas bottles, three chainsaws, two strimmers, two number plates, two bluetooth speakers, 1.5 tonnes of cable, a tortoise and a charger unit. For more detail see reports below.

Please remember to make a note of the serial numbers of any machinery you have as if they are stolen, they are easier to identify and return to the rightful owner.
Crime and incident update

Monday, 3 September to Sunday 9 September 2018





Adur &




WSFRS attended a hay bale fire in a field on Halewick Lane, Lancing, a group of teenagers were seen sitting on the stack, two of whom said that whilst they were sitting on them they spontaneously ignited.  




A man wearing a black hooded top and jeans was seen climbing a drain pipe at a farm house in Aldwick Road, Bognor Regis. The man realised he’d been spotted, then broke into a neighbouring property and stole a bicycle. Someone stopped the man, challenged him, leading him to leave the cycle and flee the scene. The cycle was recovered and taken for finger printing. 



HERITAGE. SEE 1097 in Chichester

Brighton & Hove



Nothing reported




WSFRS attended a barn fire in Hunters Race, Chichester. A tractor was also burnt out.




HERITAGE. Police are appealing for information after a further two war memorials were stolen in West Sussex. On Tuesday (6 September), we reported the theft of a black silhouette of a First World War solider, which was taken from outside Co-Op in Main Road, Yapton, overnight on Wednesday 29 August. Police have since received a report of two further memorials – an airman and a naval officer – being stolen from St Mary’s Church in Church Street, Petworth, overnight on Monday (3 September).

The life-sized “silent silhouettes” are an initiative from the Royal British Legion to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War.

The memorials are of great sentimental value and police are appealing for anyone with any information to get in touch.

Cllr Chris Kemp, Chairman of Petworth Town Council, said: “I am saddened by the theft of the sailor and airman from outside the church here in Petworth. I feel that it is a bit of thoughtless misguided mischief by those who do not understand or appreciate the significance of what these silhouettes represent.

“Many in our community here in Petworth have a personal connection to the Great War 100 years ago and have sponsored a soldier in memory of a family member or a person of significance. I have been moved by the emotion attached to this personal act of remembrance and thanks to those that have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.”

Local resident Eileen Lintill said: “I think it is very disrespectful to the memory of those they are representing and upsetting for those that have raised funds to provide them.”

Cllr Janet Duncton, West Sussex County Councillor for Petworth, added: "What an appalling thing to do to steal two of our silent soldiers. These represent those who fought and gave their lives in many cases so that we can have the freedoms that we now enjoy, and some in the community, perhaps a wider community than Petworth, feel fit to remove two of our silent soldiers. They obviously don’t understand the sacrifices made by those we are remembering and will continue to remember. I am appalled."

Anyone with anyone information about the thefts is asked to report it online or call 101, quoting serial 0078 of 03/09 (Yapton) or serial 1097 of 05/09 (Petworth).




Nothing reported




Nothing reported




Nothing reported




Nothing reported




Both the front and rear number plates were stolen for a car parked on a farm in the Horsham area.



A barn in Sandygate Lane, Lower Beeding was broken into and several items of high value were stolen. These include five bicycles, one Husqvarna chainsaw and a set of Kilpsch bluetooth speakers.


Bicycles are described as:


  • Dark grey Specialised Turbo E-bike estimated value £3000
  • Silver and green Cannondale super six with carbon wheels £2,500.
  • Cannondale CAAD 12 disc black with blue highlights and custom wheels £2,000.
  • Blue Boardman 650B pro full suspension mountain bike £1,600.
  • Silver Boardman team CX Cycler Cross £1,000 along with the charger unit for the hybrid.




A report was made of deer poaching in the South Chailey area where up to four deer were shot.

Mid Sussex



WSFRS attended a fire at a Nature Reserve in Burgess Hill where a plastic shelter in a BMX park was deliberately set alight.




Six gas bottles used to power a fork lift truck on a farm in Northiam, Rye were. A white van was spotted parked next to the bottles.



The barn to a farm in Stonestile Lane, Hastings along with another outbuilding were broken into. Whilst nothing seems to be missing various items were moved around.



A barn in Mountfield, Robertsbridge was broken into and whilst. It is thoughts that a selection of chainsaws and strimmers were stolen.




1.5 tonnes of scrap cable has been stolen from a farm in Cowbeech Hill, Hailsham.



ESFRS attended what looks likely to have been deliberate ignition of hay bales in Butchers Lane, Hartfield.



A farm in Eridge Lane, Rotherfield was entered and as well a car being broken into and having its ignition ripped out, two shipping containers were broken into. At this time, it is not known if anything was stolen.



A small Herman Tortoise was = stolen from a farm in Whitesmith. Good CCTV images of the suspects were captured and these are being investigated.


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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