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Sussex Countrywatch Newsletter

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Sussex Country Watch Bulletin

Reported loose animals on the highway this week is 43.
This was made up by 38 Sheep, 3 Cows and 2 Horses.
Please check your boundary hedges and fences including Railways every day.
Don’t forget, if when you are about your everyday business you see something that looks suspicious or out of place and you think possible crime is taking place, please call it in on the non-emergency number 101, that is unless a definite crime is being committed, then call 999.
Words of advice
Whilst it is important that every crime is reported (no matter how small) unless there is some evidence that we can work from, such as finger prints, blood or other bodily fluids, footprints, CCTV footage of photographic evidence it is unlikely that we will visit you. All crimes are logged so often although we may not have any evidence to work on from yours, often we find several jobs have taken place locally to you where we do have evidence to work from.

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 tractor, 1 steam cleaner, 39 ewes and 44 lambs, 1 chainsaw,
2000 Pheasants/Partridges, 2600litres red diesel, 1 fuel bowser, 1 pony trap.
Value of stolen goods and damage £33,250.00.
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.
Monday 05th July 2019 to Sunday 11th August 2019


Adur &
Nothing reported

A farm yard in Houghton Arundel was broken into and a Karcher steam cleaner valued at £2000.00 was stolen.

A gamekeeper from the Patching area of Worthing reported that a person was poaching in the area with a white Lurcher.

Brighton & Hove
Nothing reported

Nothing reported

Nothing reported

Nothing reported

Nothing reported

Nothing reported

WSF&R attended a combine harvester fire in Lock Partridge Green Horsham.

39 ewes and 44 lambs valued at £7,200.00 have been stolen from a field in Valewood Lane Barnes Horsham. This is the third time such a crime has been committed at these premises.  

Nothing reported

Mid Sussex
Three males called at a farm in Poynings and started to tarmac the drive, when approached they said that they were given permission to so yesterday, which or course they were not. They were in a large tipper truck with a broken number plate the last three letters were AGU. Be aware.

An Orange and Blue Kubota B7000 tractor valued at £3,300.00 has been stolen from a field in Cuckfield Lane Warninglid Haywards Heath. Access to the field was made taking the gate off its hinges and cutting the chain that secured the tractor to a tree.

A gamekeeper found 5 males with 4 Lutcher’s hare coursing on land in the Cuckfield area, he asked them to leave but refused and became aggressive. They came in a grey hatchback.

A property in Ashburnham, Battle has been entered and a Stihl 261C chainsaw valued at £550.00 was stolen.

Premises in Brightling Battle were entered and the rearing houses where pheasants and Partridges are reared were damaged resulting in some 2000 birds escaped. Sadly most of these birds were too young to survive in the wild. Value £5,000.00.

A dumper truck parked in a barn in Northiam Rye had its diesel syphoned overnight. Value £100.00.   

On returning home the owner of a house in Piltdown Uckfield found a live deer caught in the football goal netting, The local Deer Warden attended and released it.

A milk vending machine in Forest Row was broken into and 25p was stolen.

A blue diesel bowser, containing 2500Litres of diesel, valued at £11,000.00, dimensions 8’ x 4’ x 4’ with Best Demolition written on it was stolen from a site in Burwash Road Heathfield.

HERITAGE £2,500 worth of damage has been caused to the grounds of Pevencey Castle by person/s unknown. This is described as “Wilful damage to an Ancient Scheduled Monument, and vandalism by disturbing the archaeology protected land of the grounds of Pevencey Castle. If you have any information on this please call Sussex Police on 101.

A metal framed pony trap with rubber tyres, body made of wood and painted black and burgundy, red seat and the steps made of horseshoes was stolen from premises in Tidebrook Road Wadhurst. It has a broken shaft and the original paintwork was green and may well show throw. Valued at £800.00.

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.
Adur and Worthing:
Brighton and Hove:
Mid Sussex:

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