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Sussex Countrywatch Newsletter

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Sussex Country Watch Newsletter
Reported loose animals on the highway this week is 59.
This was made up by 57 Sheep 3 of which were on a railway line,
10 Cows and 2 Horses.
Please check your boundary hedges and fences, to include Railways, every day.

1 Ornamental pig, 1 Off Road Motorbike, 1 Avant Loading Shovel,
2 Electric fence units, Baler parts, 1 CCTV camera, 1 Land Rover Discovery, Equipment and a Car Window
Total £49,239.00

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.

Sussex Police would like to raise public awareness regarding poaching in rural areas, in the last few years, we have worked very closely with rural communities and have had great success in the reduction of poaching of wild animals.  Poaching is a secretive business, often carried out at night and in remote locations, but if caught, poachers can be prosecuted for a range of offences.
Game dealers, restaurateurs, hotels and public houses are being advised to check that they are not buying illegally killed game.  They can do this by not purchasing meat from unknown persons and reporting suspicious gatherings in car parks immediately; dealers in game should show legal documentation for the sale of meat.
Anyone who suspects illegal poaching is taking place, please call Sussex Police on 101 or 999 in an emergency, i.e. poaching is occurring in front of you there and then.

Sussex police have received many calls from across both East and West Sussex reporting large groups in fields. Please keep calling these in
If you see something that looks suspicious or out of place please call it in on the non-emergency number 101. But if you think a crime is in progress call it in on 999.

Your help required please
Sussex Police Dog Unit
Do you have a field of around 2 acres plus where we can bring our police dogs for ongoing training, preferably that is secure. We will put up appropriate signage.  If you do please email
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 20th  July 2020 to Sunday 26th July 2020
Adur &

HERATAGE The 11th century Church of St Julian’s in Shoreham by Sea has been the victim of damage and theft. In the latest episode a sundial plinth has been removed and broken in two and a gravestone has been moved. The sundial was stolen a while ago. What is concerning is that youths have started lighting fires in the grounds. Please if you see anything untoward going on please call Sussex Police on the non-emergency number 101, or if a crime is being committed 999.

A black & white ornamental pig that stands 10” tall has been stolen from the front garden of a property in Boxgrove Chichester. This is not the first pig that has been stolen from this house. Valued at £50.00.

Brighton & Hove 
Nothing reported

Nothing reported

Nothing reported

Nothing reported

Nothing reported

Nothing reported

A container on a farm in Marles Lane Billingshurst has been forcefully entered and a quantity of tools have been stolen. At this time we do not have a list of what is missing or its value.

A barn to a property in Bog Common Pulborough has been severely damaged by intruders gaining entry. A Honda CRF 100cc of road motor bike. Total value of crime £5,500.00.

An electric fence Solar Energiser Unit has been stolen from premises in Coltstaple Lane Dragons Green Horsham. Valued at £200.00.  

An Avant Loading Shovel valued at £20,000.00 has been stolen from farm premises in Guildford Road Rudgewick Horsham.

A shipping container on farm premises in Emmis Lane Brooks Green Horsham has been forcefully entered, nothing is missing.

An electric fence power unit, battery and 100 M reel of fencing tape together with 50/60 plastic posts have all been stolen. Valued at £400.00.

Reports were received of suspected deer poachers in the Balcombe Pitts area, next to the railway line.

A barn to a farm in Beddingham Lewes has been entered and part of a bailer valued at £840.00 was stolen.

Mid Sussex
A large amount of soil and a heat lamp was “Fly Tipped” in Cuckfield Road Haywards Heath.

A wireless CCTV Camera has been stolen from a field entrance in Newbury Lane Haywards Heath. Value £99.00.

A Lurcher dog was seen attacking a lamb in Vowels Lane East Grinstead. The owner of the dog has been located and enquiries are ongoing.

A car parked on driveway of a rural property in Sprays Lane Sedlescombe Battle has a rear window smashed. Nothing was stolen. Cost of damage £150.00.

A white Land Rover Discovery Mk3 has been stolen from High Street Frant. Value £2,000.00.

£20,000.00 worth of equipment was stolen from a building site in Dittons Road Polegate. The robbery was caught on CCTV. Enquiries are ongoing.

ESF&RS attended a wood pile fire in Bay Tree Lane Polegate which they describe as deliberate.

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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