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.
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!
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.
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
Littlehampton, a rural business unit was broken in to, a number of tools were stolen
Brighton & Hove
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.
A rural business premises near Southwater was targeted by burglars, damage was caused to force entry to several storage areas and items were stolen.
Around lunchtime on 30/03/2020 several intruders from two vehicles were seen around farm buildings near Southwater, considered suspicious.
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.
Pulborough: Golf Club had five sheds damaged, believed to be due to attempts to gain access, one shed was entered.
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
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.
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.
A barn on a farm in Storrington was broken into and tools were stolen.
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.
A shed on a farm in Battle has been broken into and items stolen, suspects also removed pins from a tractor loader.
Between 20:30 09/04 – 06:30 10/04, 2 containers and a vehicle on the farm in Pett were broken into, items stolen.
Between 06:00 09/04 – 06:00 10/04, a red Honda TRX420 Quadbike and further items were stolen from a farm in Brede.
A green and white Greenmech woodchipper has been stolen overnight from a farm in Cuckfield.
A red Honda TRH 500 quadbike was stolen from a farm in Forest Row occurred around 23:30hrs 10/04.
A red Suzuki 450 quadbike, has been stolen from premises in Crowborough, occurred overnight 10/04 to 11/04.
A large steel farm gate at the entrance to a field in Heathfield has been stolen, occurred between 06/04 and 12/04.
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