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Sussex Countrywatch Newsletter

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Sussex Country Watch Newsletter

Several recently reported incidents have taken place on farmland.  
These include a number of lambs being injured or killed by dogs, sheep being chased by dogs which is sufficient to cause shock or death. 
There are no excuses for a dog out of control in rural areas – each and every dog, no matter how calm and obedient it usually is, must always be retained on a lead anywhere around land which has or may have livestock on it. 
Other incidents have involved people trespassing onto farmland, occasionally being obstructive when asked to return to the footpath, and in one instance chasing sheep which caused those animals significant stress. 
Farmland is private land that, thanks to our excellent network of Public Rights of Way, people are allowed to visit.  While passing through it is great to enjoy the nature, the views, the exercise and the fresh air – but it is necessary and correct to remain firmly within the often-narrow bounds of those Public Rights of Way.  With many thanks to everyone who does so!
Quad bikes are still being stolen, 6 in the last week. You will recall that last week I reported Wood-Chippers were being stolen in both Sussex and Kent, another one was stolen recently in Kent but was recovered and is now back with its owner.

There has been a number of thefts of riding equipment from livery yards in Kent very close to the Sussex borders, be aware.

How can the Public help?

At risk are garages, sheds and outbuildings in very rural locations. Do not leave garage doors open so that the contents can be seen by strangers.

To help safeguard your property:

• Property marking – security mark your tools and other property to deter criminals, either engrave or obviously mark them with a permanent marker or paint, with your postcode and house number. Also use an ultraviolet pen to covertly mark the tools or use a covert product such as SMARTWATER or Selecta DNA.

• Secure your tools and property– ensure they are secured to a fixing anchor (floor/wall) and locked when not in use. Chain together any power tools.

• Move high value items to the main house.

• Alarm your shed/outbuilding/garage/workshop. Consider CCTV and fit security screws to hinges and hasps/staples. Secure windows and make it difficult to see inside.

• Fit security lighting. Keep shed doors closed.

A lot of people assume that they don’t need to protect their shed or garage. It’s just a storage shack? Despite holding such valuable items, sheds are rarely secured properly.

Whether your shed/garage/outbuilding is attached to your home or not, it should receive the same level of security as the rest of your residence and surrounding property.

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.

Crime and incident update
Monday 27th April 2020 to Sunday 03rd May 2020

Adur &

Theft of two dogs, Coombes near Lancing
Two much loved Lurchers went missing on the 20th March and initially the owner thought they had run off.  Following many local efforts to trace them it is now believed that they have been stolen. Description, two adult, female Lurchers, Rye and Maya, brindle colour (light brown, darker marks). 

Several incidents have been reported on farmland in Coombes, near Lancing. These include a number of lambs being injured or killed by dogs. See words of advice above.

Overnight a Countax ride on mower, was stolen from premises Worthing.

Nothing reported

Brighton & Hove
A green John Deere, Tractor has been stolen from a farm in Pyecombe, occurred 26/04/2020.

A twin axled trailer has been stolen from Chichester, occurred 01/05/2020.

Nothing reported

Nothing reported

Nothing reported

Nothing reported

A Kabuto ride-on mower together other with two Hayter 41 push mowers, a seed spreader, a chainsaw, and other tools were all stolen overnight from a golf club workshop near Henfield. Damage caused to the roof in the process.  A white van was seen in the vicinity. 

Suspected Rogue Trading, near Henfield.
On 27th April males driving a white van offered garden furniture for sale, putting pressure on the intended customer to purchase the items.

Nuisance Quad bike use
On the evening of 27/4, the Coolham area suffered from antisocial and dangerous use of two quad bikes.  Four males were on board. Did you see them, can you describe or identify them.

Between 2100hrs 27th April and 0900hrs 28th April
an insecure shed in Broomfield Road Henfield was entered and a power tool was stolen.

Between 2300hrs 27th April and 0600hrs 28th April, a garage door in Sandy Lane Henfield was forced and power tools were stolen.

Nothing reported

Mid Sussex
Overnight, a black Ifor Williams HB506 horse trailer was stolen from Sayers Common.

Red Honda quad bike TRX420 was stolen overnight from Stonegate, Wadhurst.

Overnight a Silver Ifor Williams Livestock Trailer was stolen from farm in Dallington.

Workshops in Battle broken into, tools and equipment were stolen.

2 x quad bikes, one a Blue 150cc Kazuma Falcon, and the other Yellow 150cc stolen from Westfield.

Attempted break in to two storage containers in Westfield, occurred between 01/05/2020 and 03/05/2020.

A Quad bike and machinery were stolen from Forest Row, occurred overnight 01/05 to 02/05.

2 Quad bikes stolen from a farm in Uckfield, red mini junior, and white Yamaha 350cc.

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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