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Sussex Countrywatch Newsletter

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Sussex Country Watch Bulletin

Reported loose animals on the highway this week is 112

This was made up by 111 Cows and 1 Horse.
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
The total value of reported rural crime this week is £43,030.
1 x calf, 1 x welder, 1 x generator, 1 x cutting set, 2 drills, 200 litres red diesel
1 x fogger 1 x water pump, 1 x compressor, 4 x batteries, 1 x fork, 5 x chairs, 4 bridals, 1 x caverson, Land Rover doors and front seats, 2 mowers, 2 bicycles,
1 x winch,1 x wheel with tyre, 1 x jet washer, 1 x hedge cutter, 2 x strimmer’s,
2 x chainsaws, 1 x quadbike, 3 trailers, 1 x digger, several spanners,
1 x post box, 1 x electric fence unit, 1 x boat and 1 x aircraft.
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 06th April 2019 to Sunday 12th April 2019
Area Ref Date Details
Adur &
    Nothing reported
Arun     Nothing reported
Brighton & Hove 0892 07/05/2019 A day old brown calf has been taken from a farm in Race Hill Brighton, witnesses say a person driving a blue Vauxhall Corsa asked a van driver to help them put it into the car as it was poorly and they wanted to take it to the vets. No vet in the area has seen this calf. Fortunately the incident was captured by the dash cam of the van. Enquires are ongoing. Value £300.00
Chichester 0243 06/05/2019 A shipping container on a farm in Birdham Road Chichester was broken into and a number of items were stolen, these include a welder, a generator, a cutting set and battery powered drills. Also stolen red diesel was stolen from 3 tractors parked in the open. Value of the haul £5,000.00.
0871 06/05/2019 HERITAGE St Crispin’s Church in Church Place Pulborough has had a window smashed, fortunately it was not a stained glass one. No entry appears to have been made.
1556 06/05/2019 A farm in Main Road Bosham Chichester has been entered and an outbuilding was forcefully entered and several items have been stolen, these include 1 x Fontan Compactstar fogger, 1 x Honda petrol water pump, 1 x Clarke 50Litre compressor, 1 x Battery for the generator, 100 Litres of red diesel plus various odd bits and pieces. Value of haul is around £6,000.00.
0355 07/05/2019 A stable yard in Eartham Road Boxgrove Chichester has been entered and several items stolen, this includes 1 x muck fork, 5 x blue garden chairs, 1 x brown leather Mickleham bridal, 3 x brown leather bridals and  I x royal blue Bridalway  lunging cavasson. Value of haul £900.00.  
0142 08/05/2019 A Land Rover 110 Defender that was parked on the drive of a property in Crede Lane Bosham Chichester was stripped of all its doors and front seats. The owner tells me that the insurance company have written the vehicle off. Value totals £5,000.00.
0921 10/05/2019 Whilst the owner of farm premises in Runcton Lane Runcton Chichester was away from his barn person/s unknown entered it and stole a red Lawnflite 604 ride on mower, a bicycle and an old tractor battery. Haul value £1,250.00.
0989 12/05/2019 HERITAGE The Novium in Tower Street Chichester has had intruder/s damage the roof area above the entrance. The metal slates covering the ceiling have been pulled down and off, it also had a part that was hanging down the left hanging there. If you saw anything suspicious please call Sussex police and quote the reference to the side.
Crawley 1431 07/05/2019 An unsuccessful attempt was made to steal a Land Rover from a property in Hollingbourne Crescent Crawley. The vehicle alarm was activated when an intruder broke into the vehicle, the vehicle owner chased a male off the premises.
0888 10/05/2019 HERITAGE Overnight St Margaret’s Church in Ifield Street Crawley had 4 pillar path lights broken, replacement costs not known at this time but likely to be £200/300.
Eastbourne 0182 08/05/2019 A winch was removed and stolen from the front of a Land Rover Defender parked in St Anne’s Road Eastbourne, value £350.00.
Gatwick     Nothing reported
Hastings     Nothing reported
Horsham 0233 10/05/2019 A front wheel has been stolen from a vehicle parked outside a property in Broadbridge Heath Road Warnham Horsham. Replacement £80.00.
0995 10/05/2019 An outbuilding to premises in Horsham Road Warnham was forcefully entered and several items were stolen including a jet washer, a hedge trimmer, 2 strimmer’s, a chain saw, a lawnmower and a bicycle. Value £4,000.00.
Lewes 0433 07/05/2019 A dark brown Staffy wearing a red harness was seen chasing sheep and holding a lamb down by its ears at Telscombe Tye South Coast Peacehaven.
1334 08/05/2019 A further attack on sheep has taken place at Telscombe Tye, this time a lamb was killed. The witness knows the owner of the dog. Enquiries are ongoing.
0748 10/05/2019 An outbuilding to a farm in Plumpton Lane Lewes was broken into and 2 chainsaws were stolen, value £400.00.
Mid Sussex     Nothing reported
Rother 1283 06/05/2019 A green Arctic Cat Quadbike with a sprayer on the back was stolen overnight from farm premises in Ashburnham Battle. Value £4,000.00.
0139 08/05/2019 An ornithologist was out bird watching in the Rye area when he noticed a hare, he watched it for a while the, 3 males the appeared with 2 Greyhounds or Greyhound type dogs, the handlers then sent the dogs after the hare. Out witness then left as they felt unsafe.
0195 09/05/2019 An 8x4 tipping Ifor Williams trailer has been stolen from premises in Pett Road Pett Hastings, CCTV clearly shows 2 males pushing it down the road. Value £2,500.00.
0653 09/05/2019 A 15 foot twin axled, flatbed trailer was stolen overnight from farm premises in Hog Hill Winchelsea. Value £3,000.00.
0411 11/05/2019 A yellow 3 tonne Bobcat digger has been stolen from farm premises in Bodiam Robertsbridge. Value £9,000.00.
0544 11/05/2019 The workshop to a farm in Top Road Hooe has been entered and a few spanners hammers and a drill were stolen. Value £200.00.
0965 11/05/2019 A red reproduction Victorian post box has been stolen from outside a property in Fairlight. Vale £150.00.
Wealden 1119 06/05/2019 A trailer with a small Trike light aircraft on it was stolen from outside a property on Coast Road Pevencey Bay. Valued at £3,000.00.
1451 07/05/2019 An electric fencing unit together with its battery has been stolen from a farm in Farm Road Eridge Green. Value £200.00.
0067 10/05/2019 HERITAGE The Listed Church of St Peter & St Paul in Church Street Wadhurst has been the victim of lead theft from its roof, at this moment we do not know what the repair costs we be but they are likely to run into thousands of pounds.
0636 12/05/2019 An outbuilding to premises in Otham Court Road Polegate has been entered and a trailer with a boat on it has been stolen. Value £8,000.00.

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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