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Sussex Countrywatch Newsletter

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Sussex Country Watch Bulletin

Since the last issue of Sussex Farm Watch Bulletin and the re branding to Sussex Country Watch Bulletin in October of last year, due to technical reasons the weekly sending out the bulletin has been rather spasmodic. To resolve this problem, it has been decided that as well as putting the Bulletin together each week I will also be responsible for sending it out. That means that it will not only go every week but also earlier in the week.
Early noise warning for residents of East Sussex
At approximately 13.40pm on Wednesday 5 June, more than 35 Douglas DC-3/C-47s will take to the skies from Imperial War Museum Duxford.

Escorted by a number of World War II fighters, they will set course for Caen-Carpiquet Airport in Normandy. The planned flight will pass Colchester, Southend-on-Sea, Maidstone and Eastbourne before heading out over The Channel.

Whilst they will not be flying low, these aircraft are old and such noisier than modern aircraft and as such could scare animals, for further information please click on the link below.
Reported loose animals on the highway this week is 31
This was made up entirely by Sheep.
Please check your boundary hedges and fences including Railways every day.

For further information on securing your belongings and how to mark your equipment, visit our burglary advice pages or the Secured by Design website click here.

Crime and incident update

 Reported items stolen in the last week include
 A complete GPS system for a spray tractor, 40 laurel trees, a brand new VW transporter, a large quantity of builder’s equipment, 1 trailer, reds diesel, chainsaws, leaf blowers, hedge cutters, strimmer’s, I wacker plate, climbing equipment,
cutting machinery and a large quantity of hand tool. 
The total value of reported rural crime this week is £65,980.
See reports below for detail.
If you have any evidence, no matter how small, on any of the crimes listed below, please call it in on the non-emergency number 101 and quote the reference number and date as given to the left of the report, of for that matter any other crime.
Monday 08tht April 2019 to Sunday 14th April 2019
Area Ref Date Details
Adur &
    Nothing reported
Arun 0758 10/04/2019 Three males were spotted on Southfields Recreation Grounds in Littlehampton with hammers, shovels and metal detectors. Whilst no crime has been reported it is an offence to use a metal detector on public ground without permission.
Brighton & Hove     Nothing reported
Chichester 0570 09/04/2019 Intruders have entered a farm in Chidham, Chichester, entered a barn removed and stolen the GPS sprayer controller, namely a Topcon X30 screen, they then climbed onto the roof and removed and stole the Topcon AGI 3 GPS dish together with the RTK radio antenna unit. Value £12,000.
0826 10/04/2019 A farm in Fernhurst Road, Liphook, has had 40 newly planted Laurel trees uprooted and stolen. Value £150.
Crawley     Nothing reported
Eastbourne     Nothing reported
Gatwick     Nothing reported
Hastings     Nothing reported
Horsham 0948 09/04/2019 A sheep owner found a dog in one of his fields in the Steyning area, two of his lambs had been bitten in the head, both are still alive but very poorly. The dog is known to the farmer as it has attacked sheep previously. Enquiries are ongoing.
0207 11/04/2019 Industrial units on a farm in Rusper Road, Crawley was entered and several units are reported to have been broken into, it is not known exactly what has been stolen other than a brand new VW Transported valued at over £20.000.
0391 13/04/2019 A male was seen entering a farm in Bognor Road Warnham Horsham, he spent about 10 minutes rummaging around a garage then left. The same individual was seen on the premises about 1 year ago. A witness took the registration number of the white Mercedes the intruder was driving, police will be talking to him.
Lewes 0176 09/04/2019 ESF&R attended an electrical fire to a barn in Beddingham Lewes.
0294 11/04/2109 A barn in Park Street Falmer was entered by smashing out a side wall doing £1,000 worth of damage, the intruders then stole £5,000 worth of builder’s equipment.
Mid Sussex 0173 08/04/2019 Intruders entered a property in Borers Arms Road Crawley, hitched up to a Woodford WBT131 car transporter trailer that has a hydraulic tilt with ramps and is 16’ x 6’6”, value £3400.
0397 08/04/2019 An attempted break in was made to a farm in Copthorn Common, Crawley. The intruder/s damaged the door surround in the attempt and caused £500 worth of damage.
0565 08/04/2019 50-55Liters of red diesel was syphoned from an excavator on farmland in Whitemans Green, Haywards Heath. Value £45. 
Rother 1156 08/04/2019 A property in Merriments Lane Hurst Green
0422 10/04/2019 Intruders entered farm premises in Merriments Lane Hurst Green and forcefully entered an outbuilding and stole a Stihl strimmer valued at £100.
0761 13/04/2019 A Cannabis Farm in Northiam, Rye was raided by police and closed down. Enquires are ongoing.
Wealden 0560 08/04/2019 Outbuildings to a farm in Hartfield Road Forest Row have been broken into and £4,000 worth of tools have been stolen, these include a chain saw, a leaf blower, a multi tool, a hedge cutter and a strimmer.
0602 08/04/2019 A member of the public noticed two males rifling through the contents of a plumbers van in Punnetts Town Heathfield, as they looked suspicious the witness approached them and they fled from the scene empty handed.
0753 08/04/2019 Intruders forcefully entered an outbuilding in Chelwood Gate a stole a Wacker plate valued at £500.
0175 10/04/2019 A farm in South Farm Lane Langton Green has been entered and a metal storage container on a farm in Langton Green was broken into overnight £20,000 worth of tools and equipment were stolen, these include at least 8 chainsaws, strimmer’s, Blowers, Climbing equipment, cutting machinery, plus a quantity of small hand tools
1229 14/04/2019 ESF&R attended to a caravan fire on a farm in Easons Green, Uckfield.

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 or
their dedicated rural crime reporting number 0800 783 0137 or online here

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:
Brighton and Hove:
Mid Sussex:

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