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28th August 2019

Sussex Country Watch Bulletin

Reported loose animals on the highway this week is 8.
This was made up by 6 Cows and 2 Sheep.
Please check your boundary hedges and fences every day, this applies more so of late because the ground is so wet, fences push over much easier.

Crime and incident update
 Reported items stolen in the last week include
3 x trailers, 2 x strimmer’s, 1 x sat-nav, 1 x horse box, 1 x drone,
2 x tree climbing kits, 3 x cash & credit card thefts,
2 quad bikes, 1 x mower, 1 x generator, 1 x shooting seat,
assortment of horse equipment and 600 litres heating oil.
Value of stolen goods including damage £44,730.00
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.
Do not leave anything of value on display in motor vehicles. There has been a recent sharp rise in this type of crime.
Monday 19th August 2019 to Sunday 25th August 2019


Adur &
A member of the public called in to say that they had seen 2 people, both with weapons and torches, lamping, on land owned by the local council in the Sompting area.

Nothing reported

Brighton & Hove
Nothing reported

CCTV captured a van being driven into a concrete bollard, In Bracklesham Lane Bracklesham Bay, deliberately so as to make access to the land and buildings. CCTV later captured the same vehicle but this time the driver got out and went into the premises and attempt to enter a barn. Nothing was stolen but enquires are ongoing,

A farm in Bignor Park Road Bignor has been forcefully entered and various items were stolen, these include a tractor, a twin axled trailer, a Stihl petrol strimmer, a sat nav and a horse box, we do not have precise details of makes and models to most items. Value £20,000.

The boot of a car was broken into in Hollycombe Lane Milland Liphook and a Drone valued at £2,500.00 was stolen from it.

Nothing reported

Nothing reported

Nothing reported

Nothing reported

A farm in Rusper Road Horsham was entered and a shipping container was forcefully opened and two tree climbing kits with ropes harness and spikes worth £2,000.00 were stolen.

A bale in a field on a farm in Prestwood Lane Crawley was deliberately ignited. WSF&R attended with 3 pumps and dealt with the situation.

A yard in Lewes Road Piddinghoe Newhaven was entered and two vans were broken into by smashing windows. About £500.00 cash and chequebooks were stolen.

A red Honda 420cc quad bike was stolen from a farm in Allington Lane Offham Lewes. As it was fitted with a tracker it was located and recovered in Dorset having gone through Hampshire and involving 3 separate police forces. Value £5,000.00.

Mid Sussex
Three vehicles parked on a farm in Turners Hill Road East Grinstead were entered overnight, £20-40 was stole from one of them. As none of the vehicles were locked no damage was done to them. It seems that there has been a spate of vehicles being broken into over the last 2 weeks in this area, please be aware.

A triple axled trailer has been stolen from a layby on the A22 right on the Surrey/Sussex boundary. Valued at £20,000.00.

An outbuilding in London road Albourne Hassocks was broken into and an almost new Westwood T1600 mower was stolen along with a Stihl petrol strimmer. Value £6,330.00.

Criminal damage has been reported to a Shooting Seat on a farm in Reservoir Lane Battle. Value £400.00.

A large blue Kipor Super Silent 10KVA Diesel Generator that was used for a charity event in Main Road Winchelsea has been stolen by taking down a fence.  Serial number R40012410 / PHE229488443. Value £3,000.00.

A livery yard in the Ticehurst area has been broken into and 20 assorted horse rugs were stolen along with head collars and lead ropes. Value £2,000.00.

A small holding in Netherfield was broken into and an Ifor Williams HB511 Horse Trailer, Serial number SCK60000095062518, DATA Tag no, which is cut into the drawer bar’ is 9W 13006. This trailer is navy blue and what is very unusual about it id that the front ramp unloads to the nearside (left). The odd thing is that the road was closed overnight for repairs. Did you see anything? Value £5,000.

A wallet containing a large sum of money and various credit/debit cards was stolen from a car that was parked outside the owner’s house in Withernden Hill Burwash, for a few minutes.

600 Litres of heating oil has been stolen from a farm in Whitesmith Lewes. Value £500.00.

A car was driven in a field in Blackham at 01:00 hours, driven round the field that contained 70 cows, then set on fire. Fortunately a neighbour spotted it and called the fire brigade, the intruders left the gate to the road open and luckily none of the cows escaped.

A farmer in Maresfield found that intruders have been driving around one of his fields on what looks like a quadbike, destroying most of the 70 acres of crops

The intruder alarm to a farm in Polegate triggered and a male of Eastern European origin was arrested.

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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