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Sussex Countrywatch Newsletter

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Sussex Country Watch Newsletter
Reported loose animals on the highway this week is 61.
This was made up by 47 Cows and 14 Sheep, 1 of which was on a railway line.
Please check your boundary hedges and fences, to include Railways, every day.


1 x Grinder, 1 x tractor glass replacement, 1 x Laser tripod, 1 x Caravan,
1 x Cut off saw, 1 x Trailer, 1 x Breaker, 5 Batteries, 1 x Impact hammer,
2 x Wooden signs, 1 x Wacker plate, 3 Chainsaws, 1 x Quadbike,
600 Litres red diesel, 600 Litres heating oil and 3 Chickens.
Total £18,040.30

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. 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 received many calls each week from 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.


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.

With summer holidays ending and schools starting up, life should start to get back to something we consider normal. This means people going out to work (even those working from home need to get out and smell the roses now and again). It means parents dropping off or picking up kids from schools/friends/activities. It means that autumn is coming and the evenings are drawing it. It means more opportunities for burglars. It is a simple fact that burglaries increase over the winter because the evenings get dark. But don’t wait until it’s too late, start to get your household prepared.
Two big clues that your home is empty are bins being left out all day after the bin men have emptied them, and parcel deliveries left on the doorstep all day (assuming someone hasn’t already stolen it). So why not come to an arrangement with a neighbour to take these in when you are out? It’s simple, it costs nothing, and is very neighbourly. Be a Bin Buddy. Be a Parcel Buddy.
You could then extend this idea this idea if you go away for a few days. If your neighbours are good friends (or family or good friends live nearby) get them to go in your house now and again and half close curtains, or move a prominent item on a window sill – pot plant say - or turn off a light and turn on another one, or even move your car a little if that’s parked in the drive or outside your home. Make anyone monitoring your home think that it is occupied. Again, this costs nothing to do, and takes very little time.
Finally, get into a discipline to check all locks and windows before leaving home – the last person to leave the house is responsible, and that includes children.
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 17th  August 2020 to Sunday 23rd August 2020

Adur &

Nothing reported

Nothing reported

Brighton & Hove
A JCB 325 parked on a farm in Woodingdean Brighton had windows smashed over the weekend. Replacement will cost £1,000.00.

Overnight a 2005 Buccaneer Caravelle caravan, Chassis number SGET000EX4BUC5008, was stolen from behind padlocked gates of premises in Mill Lane Midhurst. Valued at £5,000.00.

Nothing reported

Nothing reported

Nothing reported

A blue Ifor Williams twin axled box trailer, model BV125/7 – 450202 was stolen from premises in Sedlescombe Road North St Leonards on Sea. Valued at £2,700.00.

2 Dumper trucks parked on the A272 in Billingshurst had their batteries stolen, damage was also caused to the housing areas. Cost £300.00.

2 Excavators parked on a farm in Bines Road Horsham have had their batteries stolen (3) in total. Replacement costs £300.00.

A handmade wooden sign, 6’ x 1’, has been stolen from the entrance to premises in Plumpton Lewes. Valued at £30.00.

Mid Sussex
Nothing reported

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.

A Stihl 18” chainsaw and 600 litres of red diesel has been stolen from a farm in Lower Platts Wadhurst. Valued at £835.30.

Two workshops to a farm in Staplecross were broken into, lots of tools and a Motocross bike were stolen. At the moment we do not have any details.

600 Litres of heating oil has been stolen from premises in Bixley Lane Beckley. Value £500.00.

A farm shop in the Battle area was broken into and a pot with £10.00 in it was stolen.

Overnight premises in Wilderness Lane Uckfield were entered and a metal storage container was forcefully entered and a quantity of items were stolen. These include a Belle wacker plate PCLX320, a Topcon Laser tripod and staff RL H5A, a Stihl petrol cut-off saw TS410, a Dewalt breaker D25899K, a Makita impact driver DTD153, a Dewalt 230mm grinder GA9020S. Replacement and repair costs £3,605.00.

 A solid oak sign that was at the entrance to a farm in Five Chimneys Lane Hadlow Down Uckfield has been stolen. It has recently been renovated. Valued at £250.00.

3 Blonde Polish Chickens valued at £150.00 have been stolen from a farm in Rocks Lane High Hurstwood.

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:
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