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Sussex Country Watch Bulletin

Reported loose animals on the highway this week is 10.
This was made up by 8 Sheep, 1 Horse and 1 Cow.
Please check your boundary hedges and fences especially those that border
Highways and Railways at least once every day.
Protect your vehicles
Cars, 4x4’s, motorcycles, quad bikes, horse boxes and tractors are all targets for thieves operating in rural locations, so wherever possible you should:
·         1. Keep vehicles in a lockable garage or building.
·         2. Consider installing security lighting.
·         3. Investigate options for anti-theft devices, including alarms, immobilisers, vehicle trackers and
security marking such as CESAR.
·         4. Have the Vehicle Identification Number etched on windows.
·         5. Record machinery serial numbers and photographs for reference – a picture of the stolen vehicle will increase publicity prospects and recovery.
·         6. Lock vehicles and keep the keys in a secure location and out of view, not hidden on the vehicle and out of view.
·         7. Physically secure your ATV using suitable locking devices and to a fixed point on the ground using heavy duty security chain and padlocks.
·         8. When selling your vehicle, check any buyer is genuine before giving your address details.
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 in the last week include
2 Tractors, 1 Refrigerated Trailer, 1 Trailer with crane, 1 Box Trailer,
1 Generator, 4 Power Drills, 2 Rip Saws, 1 Laser Lever, 1 Crimping Tool,
1 Hi Lux Truck, 1 Chainsaw and 1 Hedge Cutter.
Value of stolen goods £30,800.00.
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 26th August 2019 to Sunday 01st September 2019


Adur &
3 males with a red Range Rover were spotted in a field in Sompting, Lancing, they had lamps and dogs and it is believed that they were hunting animals.

A white single axled box trailer has been stolen from a house in Bayford Road, Little Hampton. Value £600.00.

Brighton & Hove
Nothing reported

WSF&R attended to a baler fire in Didling, Midhurst with 2 pumps plus a Land Rover and water Bowser.

Overnight a farm in Weston, Petersfield was broken into and various items were stolen, these include a compact tractor, a Bokman refrigerated trailer and a generator. Value £8,000.00.

Nothing reported

HERITAGE the ground on a scheduled ancient monument in Eastbourne, has been disturbed as a result of what is believed to have been illicit metal detecting.

Nothing reported

Nothing reported

A work van parked Toddington Drive Henfield was broken into and a quantity of tools were stolen, these include 4 power drills and 2 rip saws all made by Boche & Makita, a Boche laser level and a crimping tool. Value £3,000.00.

HERITAGE Sometime on the 20th August a 2 foot tall plaster statue of St Michael, with wings and lance, was stolen from inside the Church of St Michaels in Church House, High Street Lewes. Where you visiting the church that day, if so, did you see anything,

A land owner in Brighton Road Lewes discovered that overnight person/s unknown have smashed their fence down and driven off. Cost of damage not as yet known.

Mid Sussex
A John Deere Gator tractor, worth £10,000.00 was stolen from premises in Burgess Hill, as it was fitted with a tracker Sussex Police were able to recover it.

WSF&R attended a tractor fire in Rocky Lane Haywards Heath, the A272 had to be closed for several hours whist the fire was extinguished and the tractor recovered before the road surface could be repaired.

A silver vehicle was seen parked up near a farm in Brook Street Haywards Heath, the informant a Game Keeper believes that the occupants of the vehicle are lamping with dogs. The same vehicle was seen a few Days ago in the same location.

WSF&R attended a baler fire, in a field Ockley Lane Hassocks.

A 9 Tonne Oniar timber trailer, with a yellow grab crane attached, has been stolen from premises in Westfield. Value £8,000.00.

HERITAGE St Barnabas Church in Cantelupe Road Bexhill on Sea has had its stained glass window damaged twice recently. Did you witness this occurring or know of anybody who dose, if so please call Sussex Police on 101.

A black Toyota Hilux Invisable truck was stolen overnight from a farm in Catsfield, Battle. It is on a 12 personalised plate. Value £5,000.00.

Reports came in of repeated gun shots in the Newick Lane and Markly Lane area of Heathfield, it is understood that this is not the first time.

A farmer from Camberlot Road Upper Dicker Hailsham captured on CCTV good clear pictures of a white Transit van pulling into his yard and the two occupants getting out an steeling a quantity of copper wire and two walking sticks.

Intruders entered a farm in Whitesmith Lewes and cut a hole in the roof of a metal shipping container, nothing was stolen.

Our informant was walking their dog on a public footpath in Fletching when they came across several Deer that had been slaughtered, their heads and legs had been cut off and they had been skinned.

Whilst working on a farm in Perrymans Lane High Hurstwood Buxted the workman’s van was entered and a long reach hedge trimmer and a chainsaw valued at £1,300.00 were stolen from it.

A car that was parked on a farm in Piltdown Uckfield has one of its windows smashed between 12.25 and 12.40 hours.

A farmer at Wych Cross Forest Row put a new stock fence around their farm and the next day person/s unknown cut through it. Nothing is missing.

HERITAGE Zoar Baptist Chapel (built in 1838), in Lower Dicker Hailsham has been broken into by breaking one of the doors, did you see anything, if so please call us on 101.

ESF&R attended a horse box fire on the A27 at Pevencey, 2 horses were on board at the time but were released safely without any harm coming to them.

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: 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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