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15/4/2020


Sussex Country Watch Newsletter

Reported loose animals on the highway this week is 1.
This was made up by 1 Horse.
Please check your boundary hedges and fences including Railways every day.


ADVICE

Covid-19
          
Reports have been received from farmers across both East and West Sussex whose important work has been interrupted by a minority of visitors during this time of Government restrictions.
 
Farms are at a particularly busy time of year, including lambing, calving, planting and tending crop fields, but still welcome responsible visitors who are interested in the countryside.

If you live in a location where your local green space is farmland - with right of way reached on foot from your home address, or bridleways reached on cycle from your home address - then please do bear in mind that these apparently quiet areas are actually very, very busy businesses!

Please do: 
Stay on the footpath or the bridleway – for social distancing just look ahead for others using the right of way.  You may need to pause in a wider area in order to allow 2 metres between you, and the courtesy is likely to be appreciated.

Keep dogs on a lead at all times:

Very sadly some lambs have been attacked during this week, each owner spoken with has been very shocked by the harm and none ever thought that their dog could attack.

Take notice of any signage: 
Some farm residents are self-isolating and have signage indicating their need for this – please help them achieve this.  Farm residents also have the right to safely socially distance on their private property, so please do abide by any ‘Private’ signs.  


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.

QUAD BIKES
Five quad biked have been reported stolen this week, if you own one have you considered fitting it with a tracking device. There are many on the market, if you have one fitted you stand a much better chance of it being recovered



Crime and incident update
Monday 06th  April 2020 to Sunday 12th April 2020


Adur &
Worthing
Nothing reported


Arun
1093
10/04/2020
Littlehampton, a rural business unit was broken in to, a number of tools were stolen

Brighton & Hove
Nothing reported

Chichester
Nothing reported

Crawley
Nothing reported

Eastbourne
Nothing reported

Gatwick
Nothing reported

Hastings
Nothing reported

Horsham
1340
01/04/2020
Several reports were received of intruders on farmland in Adversane at around 10.30pm, they had dogs with them and were causing disturbance to livestock. 

0134
03/04/2020
A rural business premises near Southwater was targeted by burglars, damage was caused to force entry to several storage areas and items were stolen.

0653
03/04/2020
Around lunchtime on 30/03/2020 several intruders from two vehicles were seen around farm buildings near Southwater, considered suspicious.

1365
03/04/2020
Two males twice drove a pick-up vehicle down a lengthy driveway to stable facilities at a farm near Billingshurst. On the first occasion they were seen to jump a fence into the yard, on both occasions they hurriedly left when seen. 

0243
07/04/2020
Pulborough:  Golf Club had five sheds damaged, believed to be due to attempts to gain access, one shed was entered.  

0594
08/04/2020
Groups were seen gathering on private farmland in Ifield causing concern to local residents due to current Covid-19 restrictions. See article at the top of this page

0126
09/04/2020
On 02/04/20 two non-road legal Quad bikes were stolen from a garden in Cootham Storrington– one blue 100cc and one black 50cc machine. Damage was caused to a fence during this crime.

0932
10/04/2020
Heritage Crime Between 10:15 and 10:30am on Friday (April 10), St Mary's Church was broken into with damage caused to a stained-glass window and a door. A small amount of cash was stolen from the collection plate. Officers believe a man described as white, 25-35 years old, 5’ 6” – 5’ 8”, of slim build with short brown hair and wearing dark clothing could help them with their enquiries.   

1093
10/04/2020
A barn on a farm in Storrington was broken into and tools were stolen.

0180
14/04/2020
Good news: A digger stolen in Surrey was located and recovered by police from land in Shermanbury Horsham. 
The matter is being investigated by Surrey Police, and the digger will be returned to owner.

Lewes
Nothing reported

Mid Sussex
Nothing reported

Rother
1016
09/04/2020
A shed on a farm in Battle has been broken into and items stolen, suspects also removed pins from a tractor loader.

0521
10/04/2020
Between 20:30 09/04 – 06:30 10/04, 2 containers and a vehicle on the farm in Pett were broken into, items stolen.

0755
10/04/2020
Between 06:00 09/04 – 06:00 10/04, a red Honda TRX420 Quadbike and further items were stolen from a farm in Brede.

Wealden
0625
06/04/2020
A green and white Greenmech woodchipper has been stolen overnight from a farm in Cuckfield.

2313
10/04/2020
A red Honda TRH 500 quadbike was stolen from a farm in Forest Row occurred around 23:30hrs 10/04.

0530
11/04/2020
A red Suzuki 450 quadbike, has been stolen from premises in Crowborough, occurred overnight 10/04 to 11/04.

1170
12/04/2020
A large steel farm gate at the entrance to a field in Heathfield has been stolen, occurred between 06/04 and 12/04.


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 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101, quoting the reference number provided.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org 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 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101.
Adur and Worthing:
 adurandworthing@sussex.pnn.police.uk
Arun: arun@sussex.pnn.police.uk
Brighton and Hove: brightonandhove@sussex.pnn.police.uk
Chichester: chichester@sussex.pnn.police.uk
Crawley: crawley@sussex.pnn.police.uk
Eastbourne: eastbourne@sussex.pnn.police.uk
Hastings: hastings@sussex.pnn.police.uk
Horsham: horsham@sussex.pnn.police.uk
Lewes: lewes@sussex.pnn.police.uk
Mid Sussex: midsussex@sussex.pnn.police.uk
Rother: rother@sussex.pnn.police.uk
Wealden: wealden@sussex.pnn.police.uk

 


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