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Sussex Country Watch Bulletin

Reported loose animals on the highway this week is 04.
This was totally made up by Horses.
Please check your boundary hedges and fences including Railways every day.

Crime and incident update

 Reported items stolen in the last week include
4 batteries, 2 red diesel, 2 torque wrenches, 1 compressor,
3 chainsaws,various hand tools, 1 tractor, 3 strimmer’s,
1 nail gun, 2 leaf blowers,1 hedge cutter, 3 sheep, 1 mule,
large quantity of frozen game,1 excavator,  
1 horseshoe fitter & a quantity of farriery tools.
The total value of reported rural crime this week is £78,300.00.

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.

Looking at the crime reports over recent months, I notice that there are several reports each week of mobile telephones being stolen from coat pockets and hand bags on church premises. These thefts take place either during services or when members of the church attend functions such as jumble sales. May I suggest that during services mobiles are kept on the person, and during functions, bags and coats are locked in a secure room.

Monday 28th October 2019 to Sunday 03rd November 2019

Adur &

Nothing reported

A farm in Ford Lane Arundel has been broken into and a container was forcefully entered. Various things were stolen including a compressor, 2 torque wrenches and various hand tools. As well as damage to the container 2 spotlights that illuminate the container were also damaged. Damage is estimated £400.00, value of tools £1,500.00.

A Polytunnel on another farm in Ford Lane Arundel was damaged overnight by persons unknown. Repairs estimated at £500.00.

Brighton & Hove 
Nothing reported

A farm in Bepton Midhurst Chichester had its workshop broken into, various Makita tools, a chainsaw plus batteries valued at £1,000.00 were stolen.

A Royal Mail Post Box in Churchwood Drive Tangmere Chichester was deliberately set on fire destroying mail inside it. 3 males aged 19-20 years old were seen running off , did you see anything or do you have any information on this, if so please call us on the 101 number.

Nothing reported

Nothing reported

Nothing reported

Nothing reported

HERITAGE St. Johns Church in Hammerpond Road Coolham Horsham. Intruders attempted to break into the church by smashing the door, they then attempted to steal what lead remains from the roof but failed (most of the lead has been replaced by other material), they then attempted to remove the lightening conductor and failed in this also. Did you see any of this taking place, if so please call Sussex Police on the 101 number.

A farm in Beechwood Lane Cooksbridge Lewes was entered overnight and an outbuilding was entered and a John Deere Gator tractor valued at £16,000.00 was stolen.

Mid Sussex
A shipping container on a farm in Hophurst Lane Crawley has been broken into and a strimmer, a leaf blower, a hedge cutter and a nail gun were all stolen. Valued at £2,000.00.

A farm in Junction Road Bodium Robertsbridge was entered and fuel to the value of £200.00 was syphoned from machinery.

A farm in Royal Oak Lane Crowhurst Battle was entered by persons in a white, Transit flatbed with a tipping body and 500 litres of red diesel together with a tractor Battery were stolen. Value £400.00.

A shepherd in Trolliloes reports that three sheep are missing, he believes that they may have been slaughtered, valued at £300.00.

A game Keeper on a farm in Horsted Keynes Haywards Heath observed a male in a silver 04 plate Jeep driving across his land, he approached to vehicle and the driver, age around 35 years old, of medium build and wearing a blue T shirt, became quite aggressive. The game Keeper kept his cool and made the intruder exit the field by the way he came in. He drove off towards Forest Row.

The cold store to a farm in Old Lane Little Horsted Uckfield was broken into and a large quantity of frozen game was stolen. Exact details are unknown at this time.

An outbuilding to a farm in Upper Hartfield has been forcefully entered and various item were stolen including a Kabuto Mule, a strimmer, a chain saw, a leaf blower and a horseshoe fitter with various farriery tools. Value £21,000.00.  

Overnight a farm in Fletching has been entered and most of the outbuildings has been forcefully entered. Various items have been stolen including walkie talkies, a log burner, power drills, a jigsaw, work boots and clothing. We are awaiting a full list and value of items.

An out of the way farm in Little Horsted has been entered, most of the outbuildings were broken into but nothing seems to have been stolen.

A farm in Fletching was broken into overnight lots of damage has been caused to the building but nothing seem to be missing.

A farm in Hailsham Road Polegate has been entered and a yellow and grey Volvo ECR58 excavator, with a pecker, serial number VCE00C58J00280375, has been stolen. Value £30,000.

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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Phillip Ball (Police, Volunteer Co-ordinator CountryWatch, Sussex)

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