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Sussex Countrywatch Newsletter

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Sussex Country Watch Newsletter
Reported loose animals on the highway this week is 43.
This was made up by 35 Sheep and 8 Cows.
Please check your boundary hedges and fences, to include Railways, at least twice each day.

1 Log grabber, 1 Land rake, 1 Bucket set, 2 Diggers,
1 Wacker plate, 2 Disc cutters, 2 Catalytic converters,
6 Metal posts, 1 Rope, 1 Chainsaw, 1 Angle grinder,
1 Quadbike, 1 Subaru car.
Total £39,520.00.

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 and Hare Coursing 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.


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.

Please, please will you make and keep a record of serial numbers to all pieces of equipment that are in your possession, as in the event of a break-in and them being stolen there is no way you can prove it/they are yours, so if we recover items that are believed stolen we cannot return them to you.
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 24th  August 2020 to Sunday 30th August 2020

Adur &

Nothing reported

A farmer in Flansham Bognor Regis has been experiencing problems with youths entering his farm and causing damage. When approached they were very lippy and ran off.

Brighton & Hove
Nothing reported

Premises in Bognor Road Chichester were entered and a log grabber, a land rake and a quick hitch and bucket set were all stolen. Valued at £4,600.00.

Nothing reported

Nothing reported

Nothing reported

Nothing reported

Premises in Mannings Heath Horsham were forcefully entered and various pieces of equipment were stolen, they include a 3 Tonne Bobcat digger, a Wacker Plate and 2 disc cutters. Value £12,000.00.

A farmer in Plummers Plain Horsham has found 40 extra sheep in their field. Have you lost them.

3 youths, aged around 14 years have been entering a yard in Caveridge Lane Chailey Lewes, hiding then throwing bricks onto the road. The informant is worried that they could get run over as heavy machinery is constantly on the move.

Farm premises in North Common Road North Chailey Lewes have been entered and storage containers were broken into. Catalytic converters were stolen from 2 cars along with a quantity of tools. Valued at £1,000.00.

Mid Sussex
The rope and metal fence posts protecting the cricket square to Haywards Heath Cricket pitch have been stolen. Valued at £70.00.

Out buildings to a farm in Brede Lane Sedlescombe were broken into and a Stihl chainsaw and a 7” angle grinder were stolen. Valued at £650.00 plus £200.00 to repair broken doors.

A horse owner in Peter James Lane Fairlight keeps one of her horses in a field with a muzzle on. This is because it is inclined to laminitis and on vets’ instructions, has to have a restricted amount of grass to stay alive. Will the person who cuts off its muzzle please be aware that they could be responsible for the premature demise of this much loved horse.

A farm in Church Hill Sedlescombe Battle was forcefully entered and an outbuilding was broken into and a red Honda TRX350TM quadbike was stolen, it bears frame No IHFTE24U854401177 Engine No 954401740. Estimated value £2,000.00 was stolen.

An unsuccessful attempt was made to steal a 3 Tonne Mini Digger from farm premises in Bexhill on Sea.

An orange Kubota excavator Model KX61-2X SERIAL NUMBER WKFRGRLZ0600556X has been stolen from Piltdown Uckfield. Valued at £4,500.00.

A caravan, make and model has been stolen from a farm in Tilley Lane Hailsham. Value unknown.

A 03 plate Subaru Forester X has been stolen from premises in Fletching along with a car battery. Valued at £4,500.00.

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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Brighton and Hove:
Mid Sussex:


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