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Sussex Countrywatch Newsletter

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Sussex Country Watch Newsletter
Reported loose animals on the highway this week is 129.
This was made up by108 Sheep, 20 Cows and 1 Horse.
Please check your boundary hedges and fences, to include Railways, every day.

5 Chainsaws, 2 Strimmers, 2 Hedge Cutters, 1 Leaf Blower,
50 Turkeys, 9 Chickens, Various Tools, 3 Quadbikes, 2 Towing Cables,
1 Mower, 1 Garden Tractor and 1 Pressure Weed Killer.
Value of goods and damage £35,386.00.
In addition there is the cost of the 4 sheep killed and others that may not have survived and the veterinary costs.

Please be aware that it is the time of year when travellers move about and look for new sites to place their caravans, if you see travellers breaking into sites please call 999 and quote the exact area they are at.

Words of advice
If you own any digger or excavator, please be aware that there have been several attempted thefts of this type of property most recent weeks. You have been advised.
We have had two more thefts of ladies handbags from vehicles parked up overnight outside farm houses. The golden rule is to never leave handbags unattended anywhere.
I notice recently that there has been quite a few equine establishments in Kent that have been broken into. Please take note and use this as a reason to double check your security.

Your help required please
Sussex Police rely heavily on people like you to advise them of any suspect vehicle hanging around of entering you property. Please, if you see any such vehicle contact the police on the non-emergency number 101 with as much information as possible. This includes date and time, where and a good description of the vehicle including the reg no and of any people. Please do not put yourself in any danger but if possible take a photograph.
Thank you in advance for your help.

Crime and incident update
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.

Monday 15th  June 2020 to Sunday 21st June 2020

Adur &

Three sheep in the Lancing area sadly had to be euthanised due to extreme injuries to their faces/jaws. Six further sheep had less severe injuries may survive. It is believed that a large dog is involved

A property in the Lancing area, used by a children’s organisation, has been broken into and a petrol lawn mower was stolen. Value of loss £200.00.

An unsuccessful attempt was made to break into the church of St Mary’s in Broadwater Road Worthing by trying to smash through the rear doors. No entry was gained but it is going to cost a tidy sum to repair the doors.

Designer front gates to a stable yard in Sandygate Lane, Lower Beeding Horsham have been stolen.

Overnight a bird hide in Wiggonholt Pulborough was broken into by removing wooden rails and damaging the door frame. Evidence of drinking was found inside. Did you see or hear anything.

Nothing reported

Brighton & Hove
Nothing reported

Premises in Coates Lane Fittleworth Pulborough have been forcefully entered and a tractor shed broken into. A red Westwood T50 garden tractor valued at £4250.00 was stolen along with an Oregon pressure weed killer, valued at £35.00. Damage estimated at £500.00.

HERITAGE St Mary’s Church in Bepton Midhurst was broken into and an attempt was made to break into a wall safe. The safe has a system built into it that locks up the safe in anyone attempts to tamper with it. So if the culprit reads this, don’t bother again as you will be wasting your time.

Nothing reported

Towing cables were stolen from a Land Rover Defender parked in Marine Parade Eastbourne. Valued at £200.00.

Nothing reported

Nothing reported

Nothing reported

A farm in Gote Lane Lewes was entered and a red bluey white Honda Fourtrax 420 Quadbike was stolen. Valued at £3,800.00.

GOOD NEWS AND BAD A farm in Allington Lane Offham Lewes was entered and a brand new Quadbike along with 2 Chainsaws, 1 Strimmer and a Hedge Cutter were all stolen. Total value of theft £7,200.00. Now the good news, the quadbike had a tracker fitted to it and was later recovered.

A locked barn in Common Lane Hassocks was broken into and 50 Turkeys were stolen. Potential loss is £3,000.00.

A farm in Loovers Lane Firle Lewes has been entered and various items were stolen. These include a Styhl Leaf Blower, a Styhl Strimmer and a Styhl Hedge Trimmer. Valued at £1,100.00.  

Mid Sussex
Agricultural premises in in Bullfinch Larne Hassocks were forcefully entered but nothing was stolen.

An unsuccessful attempt was made to steal from farm premises in Isaacs’s lane Haywards Heath.

A barn in Albourne Road Hurstpierpoint Hassocks was forcefully entered. Nothing was stolen.

HERITAGE The Lychgate to the entrance of St John the Evangelist in Church Road Copthorn Crawley has been severely damaged by person/s unknown. They have burnt the upper arm of the Lychgate also to the wording on it. Did you see or hear anything, if so please call Sussex Police on the non-emergency number 101. This kind of behaviour will not be tolerated, it also destroys out Heritage.

A residential garage used to store tree surgery equipment has been broken into and items to the value of £10,000.00 have been stolen. These include, climbing equipment, hedge cutters, Mowers, and chainsaws.

A Husqvana 345 Chainsaw, an Efco MT411 Chainsaw, a Timberpro Chainsaw valued at £1,050.00 were all stolen from farm premises in Church Lane Beckley Rye.

Around 04:30 hours a farmer in the Ashburnham area of Battle heard a dog barking and looked out but could not see anything untoward. When visiting the sheep later he found 1 dead and 3 injured, 2 of which has possible broken legs. Did you see or hear anything, if so please call it in on the non-emergency number 101.

A farmer from Stone Cross reports that overnight he has had 9 Chickens stolen. Valued at £151.00.

A red Honda 420 Fourtrax Quadbike, valued at £5,000.00 has gone missing, believed stolen, from Farm premises in Mark Cross Crowborough.

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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