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20th November 2019

Sussex Country Watch Bulletin

Reported loose animals on the highway this week is 0.
This is only the 2nd time I have had no reports, please keep it up.
Please check your boundary hedges and fences every day, this applies more so of late because the ground is so wet, fences push over much easier.

Crime and incident update
 Reported items stolen in the last week include
1 x Buggy, 2 x Quadbikes, 4 x Trailers, 1 x Land Rover,
2 x Sheds, 1 x Portacabin, 3 x Chainsaws, 1 x Climbing kits,
2 x Generators, 2 x Pumps, 1 x Grass cutter, 1 x Engineering box,
2 x Outboard motors, a quantity of drums of Diesel,
1 x Digger, 7 x Fishing rods and a Transit van.
Value of stolen goods including damage £33,900.00.

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.

A Sussex resident was approached by two males in a French registered vehicle and asked if they had any tools that required sharpening. Several were taken and a business card with Tools & Repair printed on it was handed over. Sadly no price was mentioned but the next day they returned with some of the tools and asked £400, and told him that they required another £450. Our resident felt quite intimidated. This is a scam so please be aware and say no if they should contact.
A long wheelbase Mitsubishi Shogun that was stolen from Hastings was found and recovered in the Ashford by Kent Police after being possibly involved in criminal offences.

Monday 11th November 2019

Adur &

Nothing reported

Nothing reported

Brighton & Hove 
Nothing reported

HERITAGE Just across the border into Surrey (but covered by Sussex Police) the War Memorial in Camelsdale Road has been damaged, the cross on the top of the memorial has been damaged and bent over. Do you see anything is so please let us know by calling the 101 number.

Nothing reported

 Nothing reported

 Nothing reported

HERITAGE Yet again the church wall to St Matthews Church in St Matthews Road St Leonards on Sea has been the victim of wanton vandalism. This wall is Grade11 listed, if you witness damage occurring to this wall please call Sussex Police on 999 of if you have any other information please call in on the non-emergency number 101.

Nothing reported

2 land owners in the Kingston area of Lewes have been experiencing problems with illegal lamper’s, it is believed that are after rabbits.  

An outbuilding to a farm in St Helena Lane Streat Hassocks has been forcefully entered and a black Quadzilla buggy, a child’s Quadbike and a trailer were stolen. Value £3,500.00.

A Green Land Rover on a 09 plate, model and type not disclosed, believed to be a Defender, was stolen from premises in Ringmer overnight. Value £7,000.00.

2 dogs that were worrying sheep and badly injured two were shot by the owner of the sheep in the Offham area of Lewes.

A farm in Common Lane Ditchling has been entered and 8 outbuildings were broken into. Each building was rented to different people. At this time we do not know what has been stolen.

Mid Sussex
Premises in Gatehouse Lane Hassocks have been entered 2 sheds and a Portacabin have been stolen along with the contents of a shipping container and a 3 tonne trailer. Value of goods £3,000.00.

A yard in Handcross Haywards Heath has been entered and several chainsaws and climbing kits have been stolen. Valued at £5,000.00.

Premises in Rye were broken into and a number of items were stolen, this includes an Indespention twin axled trailer with cage sides, a 3kw generator, A 1.5KW generator, a mig welder, a 2 x 2” pumps, 3 chainsaws, a grass cutter an engineering box, and electric outboard motor, a motorised outboard motor and numerous drums of diesel. Value £4,600.00.

A digger and a trailer have been stolen from farm premises in Silver Hill Hurst Green Etchingham. Value £10,000.

An outbuilding in Sandhurst Lane Bexhill on Sea has been broken into and 7 fishing rods were broken into. 3 freshwater rods with reels in a green holdall and 4 sea rods in a grey and orange Imax holder. Value £600.00.

A LWB white Transit with a high top has been stolen from Brambletye Lane Forest Row. It has a large dent on the top of the roof. Value £2,500.00.

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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