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Sussex Country Watch Newsletter
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Reported loose animals on the highway this week is 15.
This was made up by 12 Sheep and 2 Horses.
One of the sheep reported above was in fact on the main Hastings to London railway line. If there was to be an accident damage could run into tens of thousands of pounds. I hope you are all insured for public liability.
Please check your boundary hedges and fences, to include Railways, at least twice each day.


3 x Cash, 1 x Minibus, 3 x 03 Valves, 1 x Strimmer, 1 x Chainsaw,
1 x Dumper truck and 2 x Batteries.
Total £47,580.00.

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 and .
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.

If you own a caravan and keep it on a site or farm please be aware that at least 2 are being stolen each week. The culprits often seem to enter property where they are kept through back fields and so are not heard or seen. CCTV etc. sadly often only concentrates on the main entrance at the front. Please be aware and if possible fit them with a tracker.
There has been three instances this week of large sums of cash being stolen from rural properties. If you have large sums of money please consider installing a safe.
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 31st  August 2020 to Sunday 06th August 2020

Adur &

Nothing reported

A rural property in the Arun district was broken into and £1,200.00 in cash was stolen.

A white Ford Transit Mini Bus has been stolen from premises in London Road Arundel. Estimated value £25,000.00.

Brighton & Hove
Nothing reported

Good News A Land Rover Defender 90 that was reported stolen was found by a local farmer hidden on his land. It is now back with its rightful owner.

Farm premises in Plaistow Road Billingshurst have been entered and 2 x 03 valves valued at £5,000.00 have been stolen. Water was also added to a diesel tank on the premises.

An unsuccessful attempt was made to steal a caravan from a farm in Bury Pulborough. It was stored in a barn. The intruders dragged it across 3 neighbouring field, then abandoned it when it got stuck.

2 residencies in South Mundham were broken into and £13,000.00 in cash was stolen.

Nothing reported

Nothing reported

Nothing reported

Nothing reported

Various outbuildings to properties in Nuthurst St Nuthurst were broken into and various items were stolen, these include. 1 Dewalt DCB115 strimmer and 1 Chainsaw. Value of haul £350.00.

A three tonne dumper truck valued at £3,000.00 was stolen from premises in London Road Pulborough.

Intruders in a white van on false plates entered a property in Sompting Lancing and stole 2 old tractor batteries. Scrap value £30.00.

Nothing reported

Mid Sussex
Nothing reported

Outbuildings to a farm in Spring Lane Burwash Etchingham were broken into and Leaf blowers, strimmer’s, chainsaw’s and drill were stolen. A full list of contents and value are not to hand.

Stables in Coggars Cross Heathfield were broken into, nothing was stolen but paint was thrown about.

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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