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27th November 2019

Sussex Country Watch Bulletin

Reported loose animals on the highway this week is 16.
This was made up by 10 Sheep, 4 Horses and 2 Cows.
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
Value of stolen goods including damage £33,050.00.

See reports below for detail
2 x cash, 1 x strimmer, 5 x 20 litre cans diesel, 5 x 10 litre cans of petrol,
1 x iPad,  1 x trailer, chainsaws, strimmers, 1 x Mitsubishi vehicle,
power tools, 1 x tractor, 1 band saw and lots of damage.
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.


Again this week there have been many call from people complaining the strange vehicles are driven into their property and when challenged either speed off or come out with the most stupid reasons why they are there. I have advised people so many times, if you leave your front gates open strange vehicles will be driven in as it is an open invitation. Put the intruder/s out of their comfort zone by closing the gates. Think about it, if you are at the shops and you see something that attracts you and the shop door is open, chances are you will enter the shop to have a better look, but if the door is closed the chances of you entering are very slim.
Monday 11th November 2019 to Sunday 17th November 2019

Adur &

3 male youths 5’8” tall broke into business premises in South Street Lancing by bending a Heras fencing panel upwards and climbing through. Once in, they entered a barn and moved everything about, they also entered a beach hut and left lots of cigarette butts around it. They also damages three brand new benches valued at £300.00.
This was all caught on CCTV and there is clear images of the culprits. Total damage £500.00.

A farm in the Lancing area has been experiencing problems with poachers cutting fences to gain access to land where they have driven over crops destroying them, a Land Rover Discovery was sighted with 2 males in it. On the way out the vehicle drove down a steep slope and through a fence, ripping off the front bumper in the process. Damage is estimated to be in the thousands.

A farm office in Chichester Road Bognor Regis has been entered by intruders removing a window, once inside they took a cash tin containing £30.00, an untidy search of the building was made, nothing else was stolen.

Brighton & Hove
A barn in Stringer Way Brighton has been forcefully entered and items were stolen from it including 1 x Styhl strimmer with 2 charger packs, 5 x 20 Litre Diesel containers and 5 x 10 Litre Petrol cans. Value £300.00.

A farm in Race Hill Brighton has experienced problems with intruders cutting the fencing and a 4 x 4 being driven around fields destroying crops. It has also allowed animals to escape onto the Public Highway. Damage is estimated at £2,000.00.

A farm in Birdham Road Chichester was entered overnight and vehicles parked on the driveway were all entered. Several sets of keys and an iPad were stolen valued at £400.00.

Another farm in Birdham Road Chichester was also entered overnight and again both cars that were parked there were entered and about £20 in coins was stolen from them.

Nothing reported

An Ifor Williams GP106GM plant trailer, serial number SCK60000020334846 was stolen from outside a unit in Hawthorn Hawthorne Road Eastbourne. Valued at £3,000.00.

Nothing reported

Nothing reported

A farm unit in Brooks Green Road Coolham Horsham has been broken into and lots of hand tools were stolen including chainsaws and Hedge Cutters. Estimated value £5,000.00.

Last night joyriders cut the fence to a farm in Brighton Road Lewes in order to go lamping on private land, a vehicle was seen on the land but in the process cattle escaped onto the Public Highway.

A black Mercedes Benz was seem driving round private land in the Firle area with 2 males in the front and 2 females in the back, it is reported that Pidgeon’s were being shot at through the windows. When asked to leave the driver became aggressive and told the informant that they could do whatever they liked.

An old, blue, 3 door hatchback Mitsubishi 4x4 valued at £2,500.00 has been stolen a farm in the Telscombe area of Lewes.

A barn in the South Chailey area of Lewes has been entered and a shipping container has been broken into. A quantity of power tools used around the farm have been stolen, these include chainsaws, hedge-cutters, drills etc. have all been stolen. Valued at £5,000.00.

Mid Sussex
A John Deere Gator tractor valued at £3,000.00 has been stolen from a farm in Sloop Lane Scaynes Hill Haywards Heath.

A barn to a farm in Turners Hill Road Crawley has been demolished by intruders, repair costs £15,000.00.

Intruders have entered a wood in Fairlight Hastings and stolen an Oscar 228 Band Saw, this is a very large piece of equipment and weighs around ¾ of a ton and is valued at £6,000. 00.

A farmer from the Crowborough area discovered that overnight person/s unknown had entered his property and released the animals out of their pens, opened bales of hay and thrown the hay about rendering it useless as it was wet. Damage estimated at £300.00

A farm in Stunts Green Herstmonceux Hailsham, has been entered and a white Transit van full of fruit was stolen. Value £3,500.00.

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.
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