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04th December 2019


Sussex Country Watch Bulletin

Reported loose animals on the highway this week is 26.
This is made up by 15 Sheep, 10 Horses and 1 Cow.
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

5 x saddles, 4 x bridles, 4 x girths, 25/30 Christmas trees,
CCTV hard drive and router, petrol, 1 x electric drill,
2 x grinders, spanners, 3 x electric motors, wood and building material,
1 x telehandler, 1 x Land Rover Defender and a large quantity of tools.
Value of stolen goods including damage £53,107.00.
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 25th November 2019 to Sunday 01st December 2019

Adur &

 Nothing reported

Nothing reported

Brighton & Hove
A farmer in Race Hill Brighton spotted a 4x4 vehicle driving round his fields, they then entered the neighbouring farm. To get into the field the intruders had to smash the locks on the gate. It is suspected that the intruders were hare coursing.

A farm in Rottingdean was entered by cutting a neighbouring farmers fence to enable the intruders chase badgers and Hares with dogs.

A land owner in the Loxwood area of Billingshurst, reports seeing a suspect vehicle parked in the lane, since then she has found things have been moved around on three separate occasions.

An outbuilding to a property in Milland, Liphook was forcefully entered and various pieces of equine equipment was stolen, this includes 5 saddles 1x 17” black Kent & Masters slightly dressage, 1 x 16” brown Kent & Masters GP, 1 x 17” brown GSS Event, 1 x 15” Thorogood Pony Club synthetic and 1 x old synthetic, together with 4 bridles and 4 girths. Please keep an eye open for these and if you see anyone offering any of these items for sale please report this to Sussex Police and also email estimated value £3000.00.

An outbuilding to a farm in Runcton Chichester has been broken into, the saddles inside the room were all thrown about, the CCTV hard drive, screen and internet router were all stolen. Value of goods £600.00.

A work vehicle parked in Dell Quay Road Chichester was broken into overnight, a Hilti Drill, 2 grinders, and spanners to the value of £2,000.00 were stolen.

Nothing reported

HERITAGE A church in Eastbourne has again been the victim of lead theft from its roof. This is a repeat theft from these premises. Can we ask that if you see persons on rooves of old buildings that you call Sussex Police, this type of crime is destroying our Heritage for future generations.

Nothing reported

Nothing reported

Overnight a property in Copsale Road Horsham was broken into by driving through the main gates at speed, smashing them in the process, a unit was broken into and a high value of tools were stolen. At this time we do not have a list of the stolen goods or their value.

A white transit type vehicle was seen on a farm in West Chiltington Lane Coneyhurst Billingshurst. After it left it was noticed that 3-4 large scrapped electric motors were missing, valued at £100.00.

A quantity of wood and building material valued at £500.00 was stolen from premises in Crawley Road Faygate Horsham.

A security guard with a dog was doing his rounds on premises in Broadford Bridge Road Pulborough when the dog dragged him towards a building where 3 males had broken into it, the dog dragged one of the males out and the other 2 exited voluntarily and attacked the guard, they then ran off empty handed.  

A farm in Brighton Road Lewes was entered by cutting the wire fence allowing them to drive around the fields, they them cut the fence to an adjoining field. The intruders left a pair of black boots at the premises.

A Manitou 625 Telehandler, id number 932830, values at £30,000.00 has been stolen from premises in Ringmer Lewes.

A Land Rover Defender with an open back and on a 54 plate has been stolen from a farm in Kingston Lewes. Valued at £10,000.00.

Mid Sussex
A farm workshop in North Cott Ardingly has been broken into and around £6,000.00 worth of tools have been stolen.

A battery used to power an electric fence has been stolen from farm premises in Ashurst Wood East Grinstead.

A shed to a church in the Battle area has been broken into and petrol worth £7.00 (used to drive the mower) has been stolen.

HERITAGE Sadly I have to report that yet again Pevencey Castle in High Street Pevencey has again been vandalised, larger bottles have been smashed and 2 wooden struts have broken from a fence. Please keep an eye out to all old buildings so that we have Heritage to pass on to our children and grandchildren.

A large black dog has been reported as being seen attacking sheep, near to Drusilla’s Zoo Park.

Between 25-30 Christmas trees have been stolen from a field in Lewes Road Lewes. Valued at £900.00.

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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