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31st July 2019

Sussex Country Watch Bulletin

Reported loose animals on the highway this week is 5.
This was made up entirely by sheep.
Please check your boundary hedges and fences every day.

Crime and incident update
 Reported items stolen in the last week include
3 x 50 metres lengths of copper cable,
1 x Forklift 1 x mower and 2 break-ins to work vehicles for tools
Value of stolen goods including damage £46,775.00
See reports below for detail.
Last week I reported the theft of a 3 horse trailer from the Fairlight area, the good news is that a member of the public travelling on the upper deck of a bus spotted it in a field tucked out of the way, or so the thief did. It has now been recovered and is back with its owner.
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.
If you are using tools that are kept in a vehicle please lock it at all times, this advice is given because there have been several instances when people in vans and trucks stop alongside work vehicles and steal equipment even if the owner/user is only a few feet/meters away.
Do you own a horse trailer, if so, have you thought about painting your post code on its roof in 30cm letters, the thief probably will not see it, but someone will.
Monday 22nd July 2019 to Sunday 28th July 2019


Adur &
Nothing reported

WSF&R attended what they described as a deliberate ignition of a hay bale on a farm in Yapton Road Middleton on Sea.

Brighton & Hove
Nothing reported

An unsuccessful attempt was made to enter a business on a farm in Pond Road Bracklesham Bay Chichester by throwing a brick at the rear window, this set off the alarm system. The intruder/s then ran off.

WSF&R dealt with a large field fire off Chilgrove Road Lavant Chichester.

A yard in Balls Cross Petworth was entered by a group of youths and a boat stored in it broken into. They then got a fire extinguisher and set it off in various parts of the yard. Clear CCTV was captured of the culprits and what they did.

3 x 50 metre lengths of cable were stolen from a campsite on New Barn Hill Road Goodwood. Value £1000.00.

Nothing reported

Nothing reported

Nothing reported

Nothing reported

A red Manitou Forklift, worth £30,000.00 was stolen from a farm in Bulls Lane Horsham. Because it was fitted with a tracker it was later traced and recovered.

What is described as a high value mower has been stolen from an outbuilding in North Chailey. Make and value unknown.

Mid Sussex
Nothing reported

A farm field in Grove Lane Iden Rye was entered and a quantity of soil, brick rubble and a lump of concrete weighing about 1 tonne was fly tipped onto the field margin. Cost of removal is £400.00.

A field in Rye Road Northiam Rye was entered and bales of hay were cut open and rolled down the hill to undo them. Damage £75.00.

Whilst working at a farm in Edenbridge Road Hartfield, intruders emptied the full contents of the workman’s van of tools worth £15,000.00.

Whilst working at a farm in Pound Green Uckfield intruders stole £300.00 worth of tools from the back of his van. The owner was working just 12’ away.

A farm in Hurstwood Road High Hurstwood Uckfield that has twice this year been broken into was attacked again overnight when a vehicle unsuccessfully attempted to ram the gates.

An unsuccessful attempt was made to break open the door to St Luke’s Parish Church in Rattle Road Stone Cross Pevencey by remove ng the keypad, this deadlocked the doors.

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

Equipment and tool security
Equipment and tool security can be a particular issue for rural businesses and farms. 
To keep your belongings safe: 
lock equipment away in a secure building or part of a building when not in use

invest in a secure storage toolbox

install a burglar alarm on buildings where equipment is kept

always lock vehicles when left outside and keep the keys in your possession

keep expensive items and vehicles out of sight when not in use

consider using hitch locks, wheel clamps or ground anchors

mark your tools and equipment and register them for free with Immobilise

keep a record of all valuable items

consider fitting outside security lights

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.
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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