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Sussex Countrywatch Newsletter

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Sussex Country Watch Bulletin

Reported loose animals on the highway this week is 14.
This was made up by 7 Horses, 6 Sheep 1 Cow.
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
Sussex Police warn poachers
Sussex Police would like to raise public awareness in regards to poaching in rural areas, in the last few years, we have worked very closely with rural communities and have had great success in the reduction of poaching of wild animals. Poaching is a secretive business, often carried out at night and in remote locations, but if caught, poachers can be prosecuted for a range of offences.
Game dealers, restaurateurs, hotels and public houses are being advised to check that they are not buying illegally killed game. They can do this by not purchasing meat from unknown persons and reporting suspicious gatherings in car parks immediately; dealers in game should show legal documentation for the sale of meat.
Wildlife Crime Officer Daryl Holter said: “We would like to encourage anyone to contact us with any information that would help in catching poachers, especially if they have been offered meat from sources other than bona fide dealers”.
I’d also like to send a warning to poachers themselves that we are working very closely with farm and land owners and in some cases even install CCTV to catch poachers. It will not be tolerated and we will do all we can to support anyone that this crime affects.”
Anyone who suspects illegal poaching is taking place, please call Sussex Police on 101 or 999 in an emergency, i.e. poaching is occurring in front of you there and then.
Alternatively you can call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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 grab arm, 6 propane gas bottles and 2 hand drills, value £6,850.00..
This week’s list is quite distorted as we do not as yet have a complete infantry of what has been stolen or the value of such.
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 16th September 2019 to Sunday 22nd September 2019


Adur &
WSF&R attended a field fire in South Farm Road Worthing.

17 vehicles parked in 6 different roads on the Mill Farm Estate Pagham were broken into overnight. At this moment we do not have a list of what was stolen.

Brighton & Hove
A barn in Stanmer Village was forcefully entered and a large quantity of tools have been stolen.

A vehicle with a high powered light was seen to be searching farm land in Bosham Chichester at 22.30 Hours, a firearm was heard to be discharged. Whoever it was did not have permission to be on the land. Please see our words of advice above.

A tractor parked in a barn in Piggery Hall Lane West Wittering has had the glass to its door smashed. Replacement cost, £500.00.

A yard in Charlton, Chichester has been broken into. The intruders then disconnected the grab arm from the yard tractor and stole it. Replacement £5,000.00.

A farm in Sandy Lane Pulborough has been entered and 6 x 47 Kg propane gas bottles worth £550.00 were stolen. 4 were marked Flogas and 2 Calor Gas. A red van on a 09 plate was seen in the area that evening.

Nothing reported

Nothing reported

Nothing reported

Nothing reported

What is believed to have been an electrical fault on a tractor parked in a hay barn in Marches Road Warnham Horsham caused it to catch fire along with much of the hay inside it.

HERITAGE sadly I have to report that further damage has been caused to the Scheduled Ancient Monument of Shoreham fault. This time between 15.00 Hours on Friday and 14.30 Hours on Saturday someone has been busy putting graffiti on the building. This building must be one of the most vandalised buildings in the Southeast. Did you see anything, if so please let us know, there is only so much vandalism a building can take before we lose it forever.

Nothing reported

Mid Sussex
Nothing reported

A sheep owner received a call from a witness saying that he had witnessed a dog attacking several of his sheep in a field off Peter James Way in Fairlight. On arriving at the scene he found several sheep injured, one seriously. The dog owner was described as a large male, baldish to no hair wearing a camo jacket. He was accompanied by two children and a tan and white Staffy/Boxer type of dog. Do you recognise this description, if so please let us know by calling 101 and quoting 0496 of 20/09/2019.

An unsuccessful attempt was made to break into a caravan parked on farm land in Bexhill, no entry was gained but damage is around the £600.00 mark.

The gate to the allotments on Sayers Lane Polegate was damaged in gaining access, nothing was stolen but some rubbish was left behind.

A farm in Hailsham Road Pevensey was broken into, at first the informant thought that nothing had been stolen, but later called back to report that two yellow and black Dewalt hand drill worth £200.00 had been stolen.

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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