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Sussex Countrywatch Newsletter

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Sussex Country Watch Newsletter
Reported loose animals on the highway this week is 56.
This was made up by 34
Sheep, 18 Cattle, 3 Horses and 1 Pig.
Please check your boundary hedges and fences every day, particularly those adjacent to the highway, this to include Railways.


12 GPS Units, 1 Quadbike, 1 Ram, 2 pairs sun glasses, 2 Chainsaws,
1 Trailer, Tools, and Machinery.
Total £155,050.00.

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.

Last week I put the message below out, sadly I have to report that 12 such units went missing from tractors in the Chichester area valued at £140,000.00.
In view of a sharp increase in the theft of sat-nav systems from tractors and combine harvesters, Sussex Police are advising that this equipment should be removed when such vehicles are left unattended.


Sussex Police would like to raise public awareness regarding poaching in rural areas. We find a sharp increase in this type of crime now that harvesting of corn is well underway. 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 rely heavily on people like you to advise them of any suspect vehicle hanging around of entering your 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. By suppling this information, it puts a vehicle in a location at a certain time, this could help us if a crime takes place in your locality around that time.
Remember as much of a pain it is, please keep your roadside gates closed at all times as an open gate is an invitation to enter.
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 10th  August 2020 to Sunday 16th August 2020

Adur &

Nothing reported

12 GPS units have been stolen from a farm in the Bognor Regis area. The tractors were parked in a locked yard. Damage has also occurred to the rooves and doors of 8 of the tractors. The haul is valued at £140,000.

Brighton & Hove
Nothing reported

Nothing reported

2 males were seen poaching fish from Titmus Lake Crawley.

Nothing reported

Nothing reported

Nothing reported

WSF&R attended a tractor fire in Slinfold Horsham.

Upperton Barn Visitors Centre in Wiggonholt Pulborough has suffered damage caused to two of its Nature Hides, intruders, items have been ripped from the walls and smashed up and the second Hide has a broken window. The floors to both Hides were strewn with empty alcohol cans and bottles. Blood was also found on the floor of the second Hyde. Damage is estimated at £200.00.

A white Transit van was seen reversing into Premises in Brighton Road Horsham, the passengers then got out and started loading property into it. The informant challenged them and they got back into the vehicle after stealing goods to the value of £80.00.

A pet Jacob Ram (brown & white) has gone missing, suspected stolen, from a field in Annington Road Steyning.

Nothing reported

Mid Sussex
A white Transit van has been seen on three separate occasions on a private driveway in Birch Grove Haywards Heath.

A camouflaged green, brown, yellow 700cc Yamaha Grisley with a gun holster on its right side, has been stolen from premises in Ticehurst Road Hurst Green. Also stolen were 2 pairs of prescription sun glasses and 2 chain saws. Total value £11,770.00.

The fencing around 35 cattle awaiting TB testing in Rotherfield Lane Mayfield.

A farmer in Maynards Green Heathfield had a dog chasing his sheep, this resulted in one dying. The owner of the dog has agreed to pay all costs incurred.

A barn in Herons Ghyll Uckfield has been broken into and a trailer, tools and machinery to the value of £3,000.00 have been stolen.

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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