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Sussex Country Watch Bulletin

Reported loose animals on the highway this week is 16.
This was made up by 11 Cows, 23 Sheep and 2 Horses.
Please check your boundary hedges and fences especially those that border
Highways and Railways every day.
Please carry on reporting any suspect vehicle that enters your property, although it may not have committed a crime at your property it may have visited a neighbouring establishment and committed a crime, by you calling it in, it puts that vehicle in an exact area an specific time.  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.

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 this include
Land Rover body Parts, Red Diesel, 20 Haylage Bales, Pressure washer,
Strimmer, Tools, Sat Nav, Welder and a small Trailer.
Theft and damage costs in the last week are £38,125.00
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 12th August 2019 to Sunday 18th August 2019


Adur &
Nothing reported

Nothing reported

Brighton & Hove
Nothing reported

An unoccupied property in Fisher Lane, Hunston, Chichester, has been broken into for the second time. Nothing was taken.

A 13 plate Land Rover 90 Defender was broken into whilst parked in front of property in South Harting, Petersfield. The bonnet, nearside, offside and rear doors, nearside headlight and nearside rear window were all stolen. As the vehicle is likely to be written off cost damage is around £25,000.00.

A property in Church Road, North Mundham, was entered on two consecutive nights and a large quantity of red diesel was stolen. Value £500.00.  

A farm in Thorney Road, Emsworth, was entered by person/s unknown and 20 plus haylage bales were cut open and one deliberately set fire to. Cost of damage £800.

The owner of a farm in Clay Lane, Fishbourne, Chichester, disturbed intruders who had just broken into an outbuilding. The intruders ran off empty handed in two vehicles on Irish number plates, one was a white Vauxhall Vivaro and the other was a dark hatchback/small van. Please keep an eye out for these vehicles as there have been other reports involving Irish plates.

An attempt was made to break into a property in The Avenue, Hambrook, Chichester by breaking the doors.  Damage £200.00.

Good News A white Mercedes Sprinter van that was stolen from Bath was found abandon in the Crawley area and recovered by Police.

Nothing reported

Nothing reported

Nothing reported

An unsuccessful attempt was made to break into a farm outbuilding in Billingshurst Road, Goose Green, Pulborough, by breaking the lock and chain. Damage costs £25.00.

An outbuilding to a farm in Grouse Road, Colgate, Horsham, has been broken into and a Stihl strimmer worth £600.00 was stolen.

A Portacabin in Naldretts Lane, Horsham, has been broken into and a large quantity of mainly power tools, valued at £6,000.00 have been stolen.

Nothing Reported

Mid Sussex
HERITAGE.  Sussex Police are investigating the theft of 52 brass memorial plaques from the graveyard at St Margaret of Antioch's Church, West Hoathly, near East Grinstead.
The theft was discovered on Wednesday morning (14 August) and has left the local community devastated.
Each plaque, measuring approximately 12 inches x six inches, was torn from a stone wall and each marked a plot where cremated ashes of loved ones had been interred.
Police Community Support Officer Daryl Holter, a heritage crime officer with Sussex Police, said: "This not only involves metal theft, but the stealing of families' personal memories of loved ones. It was an utterly callous act showing not a shred of respect for the dead."
The priest-in-charge at St Margaret's, the Reverend Nicol Kinrade, added: "This is very distressing for the relatives and for the Church. The scrap value of the metal will be nothing in comparison to the hurt this will cause people."
Anyone who saw any suspicious activity in the area or who may have information about the thefts or those responsible is asked to contact police online or by phoning 101, quoting serial 470 of 14/08.
Alternatively they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously, telephone 0800 555 111.

A Karcher pressure washer valued at £600.00 has been stolen from a farm outbuilding in Stubb Lane Brede, Rye.

5 Sheep were badly injured by dogs in Ticehurst, the land owner, but not the owner of the sheep, witnessed this and obtained details of the dogs owners. Enquiries are ongoing.

A farm in Groombridge Road, Eridge Green, was entered by 3 Irish persons, when the owner approached them they made threats to him. They left in a light coloured car with Irish number plates similar to 04 ! 8461. If you see them please contact Sussex Police quoting 0149 of 16-08-2019.

A 4’ x 6’ galvanised trailer, make unknown but of French manufacture, with 5< high mesh sides has been stolen from premises in Marshfoot Lane Hailsham. Valued at £500.00.

The workshop to a farm in Splayne’s Green, Fletching, Uckfield, have been broken into and a 300amp Diesel Welder set was stolen along with a Sat Nav that was in a locked car, to get into the car the rear screen was smashed. Total loss and damage costs are £4,400.00.

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 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

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: h
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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