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Sussex Country Watch Newsletter
Reported loose animals on the highway this week is 3.
This was made up totally by 5 Horses.
Please check your boundary hedges and fences including Railways every day.
Many readers of this Newsletter ride and/or own horses, I have included below advice put out yesterday, 24/03/2020, by The British Horse Society.
Advice for equestrians during the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak
24 March 2020
The British Horse Society is closely monitoring the Government’s advice regarding the Coronavirus outbreak. The situation is changing daily and as a result it is strongly advised that horse owners put together a care plan for their horse should you have to self-isolate or become ill.
The Government’s directive as of 20:30 on Monday, 23rd March is for everyone to stay at home unless travel is absolutely necessary.
Horse welfare is critical and grooms or the sole carer for a horse should travel to provide care for horses. Where horses are kept in livery the BHS advises that horse owners respect the protocol put in place by the yard owner or manager and work as a team to agree a care plan for your horse(s).
There are no specific government guidelines for the question around whether we should still be out riding at present. Our strong advice is that it is not appropriate to put unnecessary pressure on the emergency services now or for the foreseeable future. It is incumbent on all of us to make an individual decision as to whether riding is necessary at all, at this time. Decisions can only be taken based on individual circumstances, but our choices should always be mindful of the potential impact for ourselves and others.
The health and welfare of your horse is your priority. If you have any concerns please contact your vet, yard manager or the BHS and we will do our best to assist you. You can contact us via telephone on 02476 840517 (calls may be recorded for monitoring purposes) or email us at
Please note, while the guidance is current at the point of publication, it may quickly be superseded following further government updates, or changes to the situation. Please bear with us while we make these changes.
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.
Over the last 12 months many caravans have been stolen from right across the Sussex Policing area, sadly we have had another occurrence this week. I can also confirm that 2 were also stolen in Kent. If you own a caravan may I suggest, where possible, you remove both its wheels and the wheel nuts.
Crime and incident update
Monday 16th March 2020 to Sunday 22nd March 2020

Adur &

Nothing reported

HERITAGE Shoreham Fort, criminal damage has occurred to brick work and reports of illicit metal detecting. Did you see or hear anything, if so please let us know.

Brighton & Hove
Nothing reported

Farm workshops broken in to in the area of Eastergate, a small number of tools stolen and a great deal of damage to building, occurred between 15th and 16th March

A 14ft Ifor Williams flatbed Trailer loaded with a marquee, a generator and equipment has been stolen from the Petworth area, occurred on 19/03/2020.

Nothing reported

HERITAGE Theft of lead from a Church porch roof in the Eastbourne town centre area, occurred between 13th and 16th March.

Nothing reported

Nothing reported

Barn broken in to in the Pulborough area, diesel containers stolen, occurred between 08th and 15th March.

Nothing reported

Mid Sussex
Theft of excavator attachments, breaker and equipment from a farm in Haywards Heath, occurred between 04th and 18th March 2020.

Attempted theft of a quad bike from a farm in the Hassocks area, occurred 19/03/2020.

A caravan has been stolen from premises in St Georges Road Bexhill on Sea

Nothing reported

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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