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Sussex Country Watch Bulletin

Reported loose animals on the highway this week is 42

This was made up by 28 Cows, 12 Sheep and 2 Horses.
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
2 Land Rovers, 1 mobility scooter, 1 electronic trap, 1 dingy, 2 trailers,
40 fence posts, 1 VW Transporter, 8 lead ropes, 7 webbing head collars 1 leather head collar, 10 turnout horse rugs and 1 off road mororbike.
The total value of reported rural crime this week is £73,604.00.
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.
UK Police forces, including Sussex, report a rise in the theft of agricultural GPS systems from all types of vehicle. These then leave the UK and usually end up in Eastern Europe or Africa. If possible please remove them when not in use and mark them to make them less attractive to the second hand market.
Monday 15th April 2019 to Sunday 21st April 2019
Area Ref Date Details
Adur &
    Nothing reported
Arun     Nothing reported
Brighton & Hove 0198 16/04/2019 A black Land Rover Discovery on a 14 plate, was stolen from the drive of a property in Rottingdean. Inside it was a child’s mobility scooter and the child’s medical history. Value of theft £30,000.
1454 18/04/2019 A group of 5-6 youths aged 15-16 years of age were seen building fires in Nevill Playing Fields in Hove, ESF&R attended and requested police help in dealing with the situation. Do you know who any of these children are.
Chichester 0933 16/04/2019 A Morris Electronics ABT trap release (used in Clay shooting) and valued at £264, has been stolen from a farm in Chilgrove Road Chilgrove Chichester. 
0941 17/04/2019 A 14’ Dingy that was on a trailer has gone missing, presumed stolen from a yard in Chidham. Items valued at £1,000.
0928 21/04/2019 A blue Land Rover Defender 90on a W plate has been stolen from premises in Westerland, Petworth. Value £9,000.
0262 16/04/2019 An unsuccessful attempt was made to steal Takeuchi digger from premises in Upwaltham, Chichester, it is reported that in the process several parts were removed from the digger and left in the elements to deteriorate.
Crawley     Nothing reported
Eastbourne     Nothing reported
Gatwick 0248 19/04/2019 A male dressed in black was seen climbing into a field backing onto Gatwick Airport runway with a rifle. Police rushed to the scene, the male was a farmer legitimately vermin shooting.
Hastings     Nothing reported
Horsham     Nothing reported
Lewes 0453 15/04/2019 An Ifor Williams LM85 Twin axled trailer 6’ by 10’, serial number 5086595 C+53709 has been stolen from premises in Newhaven. Replacement cost £3,240.
0345 21/04/2019 Premises in Green Lane Ringmer Lewes have been entered and two outbuildings were broken into. It is believed that the intruders were disturbed as nothing was stolen.
18/04/2019 8 units on a farm in Common Lane Ditchling, Hassocks were broken into overnight and at least £10,000 worth of power tools have been stolen, these include chainsaws, pole saws and hedge cutters.
Mid Sussex 0006 15/04/2019 A farm in Twineham Lane Hassocks has been entered overnight by what is believed to be a 4x4 with a trailer or caravan behind it and driven across the lawns and fields.
0434 16/04/2019 An outbuilding to a property in Station Road Burgess Hill has again been broken into overnight, nothing was stolen but like last time it seems to have been used by drug takers as it smells strongly of weed.
0738 19/04/2019 A farm in Mill Lane Balcombe Haywards Heath has been entered and three farm Vehicles, 2 x lorries and 1 x tractor have suffered from windscreens being broken, Replacement cost unknown at this time.
1326 19/04/2019 WSF&R attended a barn fire in Turners Hill Road Crawley with 4 appliances.
Rother 0507 15/04/2019 40 fence posts have been stolen from a property in Channel Way Fairlight. Value £100
0456 16/04/2019 An unsuccessful attempt was made to beak into an outbuilding in Laurel Lane Winchelsea by two males caught on CCTV.
1097 17/04/2019 A black Volkswagen Transporter on a 14 plate valued at around £15,000 has been stolen from business premises in Whatlington.
Wealden 1347 15/04/2019 8 lead ropes and head collars and 10 horse rugs have been stolen from premises in Hempstead Lane Hailsham. Value £1,000.
0466 18/04/2019 A workshop to a farm in Coldharbour Road Upper Dicker Hailsham was broken into overnight and a bright orange special edition KTM 250 was stolen. Value £4,000.

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.
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