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Sussex Countrywatch Newsletter

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Reported loose animals on the highway this week is 41.
This was made up by 38 Sheep and 3 Cows.
Please check your boundary hedges and fences every day, particularly those adjacent to the highway, this to include Railways.

2 SDS Drills, 2 Impact drivers, 6 Batteries, 2 Chargers, 1 Mist blower,
2 Strimmers, 1 Kawasaki Mule, 1 Chainsaw, 1 Spotting Scope,
2 BB guns and 1 x130 year old Gate.
Total £9,350.00.

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.

Over the last few months very many bicycles have been stolen from across both East and West Sussex. Please be aware and ensure that the outbuilding that you keep yours in is as secure as it can be.
POACHI                  POACHING
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, often loud music can be heard. 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 27th  July 2020 to Sunday 02nd August 2020

Adur &

Nothing reported

Nothing reported

Brighton & Hove
A feed bin at a stable yard in Stanmer Village was set alight, when the Fire Service arrived they said in their opinion it was not deliberate but someone operating a BBQ to close. A small amount of horse tack was also damaged.

Farm premises in Ellanore Lane West Wittering Chichester have been broken into and various power tools (all Hitachi) were stolen, these include SDS drills, 2 Impact drivers, 4 brand new batteries and 2 chargers, countless other tools, floor tiles. In total valued at £2,500.00.

A barn in Fisher Lane North Mundham Chichester has been entered and Stihl SR 450 Mist blower serial number
367-887-347 and a small 2 stroke Strimmer were both stolen. Tools valued at £600.00.

A group of 3 adults with 2 dogs were seen in Fisher Lane South Mundham chasing/hunting wildlife, there is thermal imaging of them chasing Hares.

Nothing reported

A Dog has attacked a sheep on a farm in Coopers Hill Eastbourne and ripped out its thigh muscle. This resulted in the sheep having to be put down. Value £200.00.

Nothing reported

ESR&RS were called to a field fire in St Saviours Road St Leonards on Sea. 4 youths were seen running away and were later stopped, they admitted starting the fire. Enquiries are ongoing.

Outbuildings on a farm in Wimland Road Faygate Horsham have been forcefully entered and various items were stolen, these include a green Kawasaki 4000 Mule with 4 seats, a Stihl Chainsaw, a Stihl Strimmer, a Spotting scope, 2 x toy BB guns, various keys and locks and a sword. Value £5,850.00.  

Nothing reported

Mid Sussex
A lady who keeps her Horses in a field in Parish Lane Crawley found two dogs chasing them and trying to attack them. The dogs are described as large Pitbull’s, one black and the other brown. The lady managed to shew them off but the owners have not as yet been identified.

A group of youths (2 aged 17/18, 1 male and 1 female, the rest were younger) were seen cutting down trees in woodland behind Canada Way football pitches in Sidley Bexhill. When approached they made threats then ran off. Did you see anything, if so please call it in on the non-emergency number 101.

HERITAGE An oak gate that forms part of the 130 year old Lychgate to East Hoathly Parish Church in Church Marks Lane has been stolen. Whilst the cost of replacement will be high it will not be of the same era. Did you see anything suspicious, if so please call it in on the non-emergency number 101.

A black Nissan Warrior was seen with 3 males, all with catapults, and dogs illegally hunting in Rickney, Hailsham.

A farm in Coach Lane Danehill Haywards Heath has been entered and two large batteries have been removed and stolen from a tractor. Value £200.00.

A sheep was attacked by an unknown dog in a field in Jevington Polegate.

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.
Adur and Worthing:
Brighton and Hove:
Mid Sussex:


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