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24th December 2019

Sussex Country Watch Bulletin

Reported loose animals on the highway this week is 02.
This is made up by 2 horses. Sadly one of which was hit by a car and killed instantly. By some miracle the car driver only suffered minor injuries but it could have been a lot worse. This shows up every animals owners need to have public liability insurance as the final settlement will run into many thousands of pounds.
With the ground being so wet and the shortage of grazing it is vital that you check your boundary hedges and fences several times each day as fences are much easier to push over.

Crime and incident update
 Reported items stolen in the last week include
See reports below for detail.
1 x Wood chipper, 2 x Lead thefts, 3 x Quad bikes, 5 x Chainsaws,
1 x Leaf blower, 24 x Leisure batteries, Damaged Christmas trees,
1 x Buggy, 1 x Strimmer, 1 x Trailer, 1 Hedge trimmer. 
Value of stolen goods including damage £54,500

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.
May I take this opportunity to wish you all a very Happy Christmas
Monday 16th December 2019 to Sunday 22ndDecember 2019

Adur &
Nothing reported

Nothing reported

Brighton & Hove
Nothing reported

A trailed Greenmech woodchipper, valued at £7,500.00 has been stolen from an outbuilding in Vinnetrow Road Runcton Chichester by forced entry.

HERITAGE Sometime between 20th and 22nd December St Mary’s Church in Pook Lane East Lavant Chichester has had a large quantity of lead stolen from its roof. At this moment it is not known what the repair costs are likely to be but it is expected to run into several thousands of pounds. Did you see anything if so please call the non-emergency number 101.

Nothing reported

HERITAGE The grade 2 listed church of St Mary’s in Hamden Park Eastbourne has had a section of lead removed and stolen from its roof, thus allowing water ingression to the main structure of the building. At this time the repair costs are unknown. If you witnessed anything out of the ordinary at this location please call it in on the non-emergency number 101.

Nothing reported

Nothing reported

An outbuilding to a property in Goose Green Lane Goose Green Pulborough has been broken into and several items were stolen including 1 x Quadbike, 1 x Stihl Chainsaw, 1 x Stihl Leaf blower. Valued at £1,500. 00.

A farm in Pickhurst Lane Pulborough was the victim of an unsuccessful burglary, nothing was stolen.

An outbuilding to a farm in Firle Lewes was entered and various batteries were stolen, these include 20 x 12V leisure batteries and 4 x Icon brand walkie talkie batteries. Valued at £2,000.00.

Mid Sussex
Nothing reported

Nothing reported

A quantity of Christmas trees on a farm in Sheepcote Lane Chalvington Hailsham were cut in half overnight by person/s unknown. Cost of damage £5,000.00.  

ESF&R attended a caravan fire on a farm in Gillridge Lane Crowborough.

A farm in Hartfield Road Holtye was entered and Honda Quadbike, a Kubota Buggy, chain saws and strimmer’s estimated value £15,000.00 were all stolen.  

An outbuilding to a farm in Hartfield was broken into and a Honda Quadbike valued at £1,500.00 were stolen.

7 sheep have been the victims of what looks like a dog attack, 6 were bitten on the head and 1 on the leg, all the sheep were in lamb. The attack took place in Bells Yew Green, no dog was seen.

A farm in Rickney Lane Pevencey was broken into and Honda Quadbike, a trailer, 2 chainsaws and a hedge trimmer were all stolen. Valued at £10,000.00.

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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