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Sussex Countrywatch Newsletter

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Sussex Country Watch Bulletin

Reported loose animals on the highway this week is 4.
This was made up by 3 Sheep and 1 Horse.
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
Secure your outbuildings
It’s strange how most people don’t secure their outbuildings in the same way they do their homes. People often end up using a flimsy lock or padlock to protect the contents – whether it’s a car, bike or lawnmower. The fact is, a burglar will usually try an outbuilding first because they can find the tools they need to get into the house.
Shed and outbuilding security: first steps
First off, check that your insurance covers the contents of your shed or outbuildings from theft.
Think like a thief
Look at your outbuildings and consider how you would break into them. It’s worth having a good padlock on the door with no exposed screws. Pay attention to hinges, as these are sometimes easily removable. If you have windows, then these could be vulnerable unless they’re secured with wire mesh or grills. And always keep it locked.
Alarm it
Consider a battery-operated shed alarm. They look low key but they respond to movement or door contact with an extremely loud siren.
Lock it, hide it and mark it
Don’t give them the opportunity or the tools to commit a crime. Lock everything away securely. Tools can be locked inside a locker or box or secured with a chain.
Secure your bike to the ground or a lockable stand within a locked shed or garage. Visit Sold SecureExternal Link to search for ground anchors and other locks designed to fix to floors and walls.
It’s always worth draping an old sheet or blanket over the top of mowers or bikes to keep them covered from view.
Invest in a garage door stop.
Although it might sound like stating the obvious, never leave your outbuildings unlocked if they are unattended.
Property marking your items is advisable and some tools can be painted with your name or postcode. Forensic marking is also an option and you can register some items on the Immobilise website for free. For more information visit ImmobiliseExternal Link and our detailed page on property marking.
The most common items stolen from outbuildings
Power tools including Chain saws, Hedge cutters, Strimmer’s and Disc cutters
Wacker plates
Both sit on and walk Mowers
Sports equipment
Garden tools
Quad bikes
Pressure washers
Disc cutters
 Thefts from motor vehicles
In Sussex there has been a significant rise in number of reported thefts from vehicles. Please remember to remove personal belongings and make sure you put anything else of value secured in the boot, lock up all vehicles securely when they are left unattended.

Crime and incident update
 Reported items stolen in the last week include
2 Generators, 1 Pump, 1 Strimmer, 2 Windscreens and 2 Driver door windows smashed,
1 Stump grinder, 1 Brush cutter, 2 Hedge cutters, 4 Chainsaws, 1 Compressor, 4 Bicycles and 10 Quad bikes. Value £44,200.00.
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 23rd September 2019 to Sunday 29th September 2019


Adur &

Nothing reported

Nothing reported

Brighton & Hove
Nothing reported

An outbuilding to a farm in Newells Lane Bosham Chichester was forcefully entered and a generator, pump and strimmer were all stolen. Value £750.00.

A farm shop in Funtington Chichester was forcefully entered, no goods were stolen but £160.00 worth of damage was caused.

Nothing reported

Nothing reported

Nothing reported

Two JCB’s on a site in Fellows Lane Hastings had their windscreens and door windows smashed. Witnesses saw 2 male youths, aged around 14 on site. Value £800 - £1000.00.

A stable yard attached to a house in Five Oaks Road Slinfold Horsham was forcefully entered, the alarm went off and it is believed that this scared off the intruder/s. Nothing seems to be missing.

An unsuccessful attempt was made to break into a shipping container stored in a barn in Georges Lane Pulborough.

A shipping container on a farm in Warren Lane North Chailey Lewes has been Graffittied. It is hoped that it is a one off.

Mid Sussex
A trailer parked overnight on agricultural premises in Sloop Lane Scaynes Hill Haywards Heath was broken into and a Stump Grinder valued at £3,500.00 was stolen from it.

An attempt was made to steal a quantity of red diesel from farm premises in Hammingden Lane Ardingly Haywards Heath. Two males were seen in a white Transit van, on a 06 plate, and were approached, they came out with some lame excuse and left. The whole situation was captured on CCTV.

A white Transit tipper with a registration number similar to! R18GF! has been stolen from farm premises in Sedlescombe Battle.

A cast iron letter box has been stolen from a farm in Staplecross Robertsbridge. It was cemented to the ground and chained to a wall.

An outbuilding on land in Powdermill Lane Battle has been forcefully entered and various items stolen, these include a petrol Brush Cutter, a Nordstrom petrol long reach Hedge Trimmer & Pole Saw and a Generator. Value £440.00.

A workshop in Sheepwash Lane Blackboys Uckfield has been entered and a 2 Chainsaws and a portable compressor, valued at £600.00 have been stolen.

An unlocked garage in Pound Green Buxted Uckfield was entered and 4 bicycles valued at £2,400.00 were stolen.

Some 8 Quadbikes valued at £25,000.00 have been stolen from a farm in Grinstead Lane Forest Row East Grinstead.
1 x blue Yamaha Breeze 1 x blue Yamaha Grizzly, 1 x green Yamaha Grizzly, 2 x Gemini Liberator Go-Carts 1 red 1 green. Did you see or hear anything, have you been offered any of the above, if so please call Sussex Police on the non-emergency number 101.  

An outbuilding to a small holding in Laundry Lane Heathfield has been entered and a Stihl Hedge cutter together with a Stihl Chainsaw valued at £500.00 have been stolen.

An outbuilding to a small holding in Laundry Lane Heathfield has been entered and a Stihl Hedge cutter together with a Stihl Chainsaw valued at £500.00 have been stolen.

A Chainsaw valued at £450.00 has been stolen from a tractor shed of a farm in Gun Hill Heath field.

The workshop to a farm in Withyham Hartfield has been broken into and 2 Quadbikes have been stolen worth £10,000.00 were 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:
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