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31st December 2019

Sussex Country Watch Bulletin

Reported loose animals on the highway this week is 04.
This is made up by 1 horse, 1 Sheep, 1 Cow and 1 Goat.

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
Value of stolen goods including damage £22,120.00
See reports below for detail.

4 Charity boxes, 1 Copper roof, 1 Lead roof, 6 Cast iron drain pipes,
1 Chainsaw, 1 Leaf blower,
1 Quad bike, 1 Sheep and 1 Pair Wellington boots.
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.

Good News
St Margaret’s church in West Hoathly East Grinstead are delighted to announce that one of the
52, 6” x 12” plaques, to mark graves, that was stolen last September, has been recovered in woods that surround Weir Wood Reservoir East Grinstead. If you happen to be walking in these woods please keep an eye out for any more that may be there.
May I take this opportunity to wish you all a prosperous New Year
Monday 16th December 2019 to Sunday 22ndDecember 2019

Adur &

Nothing reported

A Farm Shop in the Bognor Regis area has been broken into, 4 charity boxes were smashed on the floor and the contents are missing.

Brighton & Hove
HERITAGE The copper roof on the lift shaft of Madeira Shelter Hall in Madeira Drive Brighton has been stolen. Over £10,000.00 worth of damage has been done.

A farm shop in the Chichester area has been broken into and up to £400.00 cash was taken from two charity boxes.

HERITAGE Six x 3 meter cast iron drain pipes have been stolen from St Nicholas Church Worth Crawley between 25th and 26th December. This theft will cause damage far in excess of cost of the pipework, to the stonework to this 10th century grade 1 listed Saxon Church

HERITAGE Another report has just come in of lead to the value of £5,000.00 being stolen from a church in Eastbourne area. Please if you live near a church or any building with a lead and/or copper roof keep an eye out for anyone being on the roof, if you see anyone please call police on 999 reporting possible theft in progress.

Nothing reported

Nothing reported

Outbuildings to a farm in Rusper have been broken into and a chainsaw, a leaf blower and other similar items have been stolen. Estimated value of goods £2,000.00.

Nothing reported

Mid Sussex
Outbuildings to premises on a farm in Sharpthorn, East Grinstead have been forcefully entered, the only thing stolen was a pair of wellington boots.

4 dogs, 3 described as black Alsatians and the other a black Border Collie were seen chasing sheep on a farm in Battle Road Dallington. The owner of the sheep managed to scare them off.

Overnight intruders entered a farm in the Ashburnham area of Battle and stole a green Yamaha Grizzly 450, Chassis number 5Y4AJ14W0F0524168, from an outbuilding. Valued at £4,000.00.

A white Wilshire Sheep with curly Horns has been stolen from a farm in Greenwoods Lane Punnetts Town Heathfield. Valued at £200.00.

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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