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Sussex Countrywatch Newsletter

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Sussex Country Watch Newsletter

 Due to the work restrictions imposed on me by the Coronavirus outbreak, I have been unable to gain access to all the information I required to put together the usual Newsletter. The good news is that things are almost back to normal.

Reported loose animals on the highway this week is 6.
This was made up by 5 Horses and 1 Sheep.

Please check your boundary hedges and fences including Railways every day.

Safety around livestock

Our Rural Teams have received reports from farmers expressing concern about the safety of some people trespassing into livestock fields. 

Whilst trespass should not in any case be occurring, and trespass into any field could cause stress to animals or damage crops, trespass into a livestock field can be dangerous. 
Recent reports of people found among cows in calf and cows together with their calves are particularly worrying.  

All animals, like humans, will be protective of their young and a herd of cows are certainly capable of natural behaviour that will frighten and possibly injure the trespasser. 

That risk is apparently at times being taken just for a social media photo, with no regard for animal welfare or personal safety. 
The farmers reporting their concerns do also welcome people to enjoy the great views that they work among, of the countryside that they farm and animals they care for and are skilled in handling. 

There is no need for anyone to trespass or put themselves in danger to enjoy the farming environment or capture a memory. 

The quiet-moment pauses, and photo-opportunities can all happen in safe locations along our great network of Public Rights of Way – footpaths for foot traffic, bridleways to include cyclists and horse riders. 

Keyless Car Theft Alert

We have recently seen an increase in theft of motor vehicle offences with vehicles being taken without the offenders having the original keys.

This is believed to be as a result of equipment being used to amplify your key's signal.

There are some measures you can take to prevent this type of theft;
Secure your vehicle in a garage where possible
Use physical barriers to block your vehicle in.
Secure your keys in a secure location within your home.
Leaving your keys at the rear of a property, furthest from the vehicle location, is recommended.
Consider securing keys in a key signal blocking case. These can be purchased online. Alternatively, a tin or aluminium case should be used.
Consider the use of a steering lock or car cover. This will significantly slow down or deter an offender.

As always, if you see any suspicious activity then please do call it in via 101 and should you suspect a crime is in progress or that is imminent, call 999.

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 11rd May 2020 to Sunday 17th May 2020

Adur &

Bags containing crab shells and legs and remains of a dead swan were found discarded in a layby off the Bostal Road between Steyning and Sompting.  If you witnessed this worrying fly tipping incident please contact Sussex Police.

Overnight a farm workshop in Ford Lane Arundel were forcefully entered and a number of tools have been stolen, value is in excess of £10,000.00.

Brighton & Hove
Nothing reported

Nothing reported

Nothing reported

Nothing reported

Nothing reported

Nothing reported

WSF&R attended a machinery fire in a field in Blackmans Lane Pulborough.

At approximately midnight CCTV captured a white Transit van enter promises in Storrington Road Thakeham Pulborough. The intruders them broke into a building and stole a Kabuto sit-on mower.

At around midnight on 14th to 15th May locks to a storage building were broken and several items stolen including a Kubota ride-on mower, a Bush fridge/freezer, a Bush washing machine, and smaller items.  A white panel van was seen in the area at the time.

Police received several reports of suspicious activity involving a white panel Van and a blue Subaru car, during the daytime of 14th and 15th May.   Occupants were seen on private farmland in several areas nearby. 

A farm off Common Lane Ditchling has been entered via the back fields, an outbuilding was forcefully entered and batteries for electric drills were stolen.

Mid Sussex
WSF&R attended a field fire off Devils Dyke Road Brighton.

A large amount of builders rubbish was dumped in the car park of St Giles Church Robertsbridge.

Equestrian equipment, mainly saddles and bridles valued at over £10,000.00 were stolen overnight from premises in Brightling.

A farm in Redlands Lane Salehurst, Robertsbridge was broken into and approximately £20,000.00 worth of horse saddles were stolen.

An unsuccessful attempt was made to break into an outbuilding on a farm in Whatlington. The dogs started barking and it is believed this may have scared the intruders off. The owners went out but other than evidence of a break-in, all was clear.

A male was seen filming the gate locks to a field in East Guldeford, Rye including the sheep in it.

A land owner in Stubb Lane Brede, Rye has had a field gate damaged.

An outbuilding to a property in Pett Road, Pett, has been broken into and a quantity of tool, to the value of £2,000.00  have been stolen, these include a MS100 Chainsaw, a Stihl 241 Chainsaw, a Stihl HL75 Hedge trimmer, a Stihl Leaf blower, a Makita Drill, a full can of petrol and a Childs paddling pool.

A kennel in Brightling was broken into and 3 English Springer Spaniel dogs, valued at £7,000.00 were stolen.

A barn in Brightling Road Robertsbridge was forcefully entered, nothing seems to have been stolen.

A farm in Udimore Road Rye was entered and an attempt to break into a storage container was unsuccessful.

Two 7 year old, Black Bitch Spaniels, have been stolen overnight from their kennels in Ewehurst Green, Robertsbridge.

A farm in Readers Lane Iden, Rye, has been broken into and a 16’ Ifor Williams flatbed trailer was been stolen.

Five males are reported to have broken a padlock to gain access to a field in Winchelsea Beach, it is believed that they were Hare Coursing

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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