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Sussex Countrywatch Newsletter

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Sussex Country Watch Bulletin

Reported loose animals on the highway this week is 32

This was made up by 18 Cows, 8 Sheep and 6 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
1 set number plates, 1 Strimmer, 2 CCTV cameras,
1 Whacker plate, 2 Batteries, 2 Tyres and wheels,
I Quadbike, 1 Impact driver, 1 Stapler and 1 Drill driver.
The total value of reported rural crime this week is £23,150.
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.
Each week Sussex Police receive numerous complaints from members of the pubic concerning suspicious vehicles being driven into private property and the occupants looking as to the layout of the premises and seeing what is stored on site.
Once the occupants realise, they have been spotted they then invariably make a hasty retreat, on the other hand if one manages to speak with them and ask them why they are there they usually come up with a week excuse like looking for a lost dog.
As much as it is a pain the easiest method of stopping these unwelcome visitors is to keep the entrance gates shut at all times as an open gate looks very welcoming. Another suggestion is to either fit CCTV to your entrances and exits or another cheaper method is to fit “Trail Cameras”, these are inexpensive and work on batteries. Whatever you decide on, if you get a camera and it is to be of use in prosecution the picture must have the date and time on it, also bear in mind the higher the resolution the sharper the picture. Then when you get a visit you will be able to provide police with the photographic evidence.
Monday 29th April 2019 to Sunday 05th April 2019
Area Ref Date Details
Adur &
0510 01/05/2019 A sheep owner in Mill Hill Shoreham by Sea witnessed a black Terrier dog attacking one of their ewes, sadly a few hours later the lamb aborted her lambs and is now very poorly.
Arun     Nothing reported
Brighton & Hove 1253 29/04/2019 Business premises in Home Farm Road Brighton have been experiencing problems with rocks being thrown from the park behind them causing damage to the roof of the building.
0330 04/05/2019 A resident from Hove has found that both front and rear number plates have been stolen from their Land Rover Discovery.
Chichester 0475 04/05/2019 HERITAGE One of the stained glass windows of the Victorian church of St Peters in Lodworth Petworth has been smashed in what is believed to have been an unsuccessful attempt to gain entry. Repairs are likely to run into thousands of pounds.
0842 04/05/2019 Premises in Lodworth have been entered and approximately 100Kilos of lead has been removed from outbuildings and left behind them, no doubt to collect later.
Crawley 0063 07/05/2019 HERITAGE Criminal damage has been caused to the Victorian Lych-Gates at St John the Evangelist Church Copthorn, Crawley. The gates are part of a memorial to those who served in both WW1 & bWW11 and have now had to be removed. If you have any information that could help in catching those responsible please call us on the non-emergency number 101.
Eastbourne     Nothing reported
Gatwick     Nothing reported
Hastings     Nothing reported
Horsham 0486 30/04/2019 WSF&R attended to a fire in the outbuildings of a farm in Brighton Road Henfield.
0691 30/04/2019 Whilst attending to the grounds of St Marys Church in Church Place Pulborough a strimmer was taken, valued at £450.
0953 02/05/2019 WSF&R attended a fire that got out of control on a farm in London Road Henfield.
0309 05/05/2019 A container kept on farm land in Crawley Road Faygate was broken into, at this time it is not believed that anything was stolen from it but two cameras were stolen from outside it.
Lewes 0591 04/05/2019 Premises in Plumpton Lane Lewes were entered a whacker plate was stolen. Value £450.
0798 05/05/2019 A trailer owned by Highways England that gives written advice, that was sited on the A27 near to Middle Farm has had 2 heavy duty batteries stolen from it, value £1,000 along with  2 wheels and tyres, value £500 and £1,250 of damage to the container and wiring.
Mid Sussex 0350 01/05/2019 A barn in Henfield Road Hassocks was entered and a Yamaha Quadbike, Makita hand tools Impact driver, Stapler, Drill driver were all stolen. Value £6,500.
Rother 1081 02/05/2019 The copper piping to an oil tank to a farm in Hooe Road Ninfield Battle has been vandalised, no oil has been taken but several hundreds of pounds of damage has been done.
0710 05/05/2019 Both number plates were stolen from a car parked on a farm in Hobbs Lane Beckley. It is believed that the plates were used on a similar car to commit a crime.
Wealden 1232 29/04/2019 A black 62 plate VW Golf was stolen from farm premises in Boodle Street Green. Value £8,000.
0261 01/05/2019 A blue Land Rover Defender 90 on a 04 plate has been stolen from premises in Halley Road Heathfield. Value £5000.
0919 04/05/2019 ESF&R attended to a fire of 2 skips and a van in Firgrove Road Heathfield.

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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