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Sussex Country Watch Bulletin

Reported loose animals on the highway this week is 5.
This is made up entirely by Horses.
Please check your boundary hedges and fences especially those that border
Highways and Railways at least once every day.
News, Advice and Appeals
Machinery, tools and plant equipment
If possible, secure or immobilise vehicles or pieces of equipment when they're not in use. Again, if practical, try to move machinery from fields, especially if it's near a road. Always keep tools, etc. locked away out of sight.
To help identify your property:
Use engravers to mark vehicles and equipment with your postcode, followed by the first two letters of your farm's name.
Keep a record of serial, chassis and model numbers, without this it is difficult to prove ownership.
Animals can be an easy target for thieves. Regularly check the fields where your animals are grazing.
Keep your hedges, fences and gates in good repair. Field gate hinges should have capping hinges so they can't be removed easily. Cattle grids should be removable and locked out of position when they're not in use. Use locking posts to obstruct large openings to yards, etc.
Consider installing CCTV
If livestock is stolen it's important for you to be able to give the police an accurate description. Ear tags and horn brands help police to identify stock. Freeze branding, hot branding or tattooing your postcode will also help. Always take photographs of especially valuable animals.
Farmhouses can be targeted by burglars because they are often large and in isolated areas. Fit British Standard deadlocks to all outside doors and always use them. These can also be reinforced with bolts. The main door should have a security chain and wide-angle door viewer, so you can see who is on the other side. Consider installing a burglar alarm. Fit window locks on all ground floor windows.
Keep shotguns and firearms in a securely locked place. Always store ammunition separately. If you have to keep cash or jewellery in the house, put it in a quality safe. Keep a record of all valuable possessions. Whenever possible, use a security marking device to mark them with your postcode followed by the first two letters of your farm's name. Take photos of valuable items next to a ruler (to indicate scale).
Never show opportunist burglars you're not there by leaving notes for traders, etc. When you're away ask a neighbour to keep an eye on the property.
Store any valuable equipment and tools in a secure building with a well built, locked door. Use British Standard locks, good quality locking bars and high security padlocks. Windows can be protected with metal bars. Always lock outbuildings when they're not in use.
A worthwhile investment is fitting outside security lights controlled by an automatic time-switch or infra-red beams. Again, consider installing CCTV.
Make sure your insurance cover is adequate. Check with your insurance company that you are fully covered for vehicles, equipment and livestock, etc. as well as for the contents of buildings.
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 are valued at £41,750.00.
1 Log Grabber, 800Litres of Manganese, 1 Trailer, 7 Outboard Engines,
20 Bronze Propellers, 1 Petrol Water Pump, 1 Socket Set, 1 Set Spanners,
1 Coil of Rope, 1 Air Compressor, 1 Quad Bike, 1 Caravan damage and 1
Biofuel Tractor.
See reports below for detail.
There has been many calls this week reference suspected poachers and or hare coursing taking place, far too many to report on individually, but please carry on reporting them.
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 09th September 2019 to Sunday 15th September 2019


Adur &
A construction in Ravens Road Shoreham by Sea was forcefully entered, nothing appears to be missing.

HERITAGE. 2 persons were seen to arrive at Shoreham Fort with a metal detector, they were watched and then started metal detecting.  The persons were approached and they admitted what they were doing. They were informed that that they were breaking the law as Shoreham Fort is a scheduled ancient monument ant to metal detect on such premises the require written permission from Historic England/Secretary of State to metal detect, they apologised and said that they were unaware and left the site. Metal Detectors are reminded of the law. If members of the public witness such activities please try, without putting yourself in any danger, and get photographs and report it to police.

A log grabber worth over £2,000 was taken off the front of a digger in a field off Sack Lane Bognor Regis.

800 Litres of Manganese in an IBC container, worth £500 has been stolen from a farm in Houghton Lane Houghton Arundel.

Brighton & Hove
Nothing reported

Nothing reported

Nothing reported

Nothing reported

Nothing reported

A 16 FT flatbed Ifor Williams trailer was stolen from the back of the vehicle it was attached to in Wishing Tree Road St Leonards on Sea. Trailer ID SCKD00000D5101248, serial number 5101248LMI669. Value £2,500.

St Ethelburgas Church in St Saviours Road St Leonards on Sea, had had two windows broken. At this time we do not know the cost of repairs.  

A barn in Truleigh Hill Shoreham by Sea, has been forcefully entered and 7 outboard engines, 20 bronze propellers, a petrol water pump, a socket set and spanners, cordless power tools and grinders, a coil of rope and an air compressor have all been stolen, very likely more items will be added. Value £20,250.   

A red Honda Quad bike worth £2,500 was stolen from a barn that was forcefully entered in Warren Lane North Chailey Lewes.

Mid Sussex
Nothing reported

Nothing reported

On two separate occasions a farmer in Oak Tree Lane Eastbourne has experienced problems with approximately 6 youths climbing over hay bales and also pushing them around. He is worried that they could seriously injure themselves.

A caravan parked on a farm in High Street Hartfield has been broken into and £6,000 worth of damage has been done to it along with theft of some of its contents £500.

A farm in Hankham Road Hankham, Pevensey has been entered and a Biofuel tractor, Make and Model unknown, has been stolen. Estimated valve £7,500.

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:
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