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Sussex Countrywatch Newsletter

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Sussex Country Watch Newsletter
Reported loose animals on the highway this week is 9.
This was made up by 5 Pigs, 3 Sheep and 1 Cow.
Please keep check your boundary hedges and fences, to include
Roads and Railways, at least twice each day.

A large quantity of power tools, 5-6 Tractor GPS System, 4 Trailers,
1 Tractor, 1 High Tree Chair, cash
And a Diagnostic computer together with a quantity of tools.
Total £108,720.00.
As the darker evenings are upon us and we approach the end of the year we begin to see an increase in burglaries across both East and West Sussex and find that the rural community is often the most vulnerable as they are isolated from the busy urban areas.   

Here’s what we recommend you do before you go out:

Close and lock all your doors and windows, even if you are only going out for a few minutes
Double-lock any door
Make sure that any valuables are out of sight
Keep handbags away from the letterbox or cat flap and hide all keys including car keys, as a thief could hook keys or valuables through even a small opening
Never leave car documents or id in obvious places such as kitchens or hallways
In the evening, shut the curtains and leave lights on
If you’re out all day, then it is advisable to use a timer device to automatically turn lights and a radio on at night
Set your burglar alarm
Make sure the side gate is locked
Lock your shed or garage
Lock your bike inside a secure shed or garage, to a robust fitting bolted to the ground or wall, like a ground anchor
Please ensure that you keep reporting any criminal occurrence, no matter how small, as this continues to show the issues the rural communities are having.

We are still receiving many calls each week concerning Poaching and/or Hare Coursing, far too many to report on without getting boring, Anyone who suspects illegal poaching or hare coursing is taking place, please call Sussex Police on 101 or 999 in an emergency, i.e. poaching or hare coursing is occurring in front of you there and then.

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.

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 26th October 2020 to Sunday 01st October 2020

Adur &
HERITAGE The Parish Church of At Nicholas in Shoreham by Sea has had been severely damaged by person/s unknown. This has resulted in some panes of glass being shattered and one shattered. In addition some of the lead has become loose. At this time we do not know what the repairs costs will run into but it is likely to be several thousand pounds. If you witnessed this occurrence please contact Sussex Police on the non-emergency number 101.

An outbuilding to farm premises in Ford Road Tortington Arundel was forcefully entered approximately £3,000.00 worth of Dewalt power tools were stolen. These include Batteries, Chainsaw, Drills, Battery chargers and some small hand tools.

Brighton & Hove
Nothing reported

A farm in the Chichester area was entered and 5-6 heavy plant tractors were broken into and GPS equipment and intelliview screens were stolen. Value of hall is £60,000.00.

Nothing reported

Nothing reported

Nothing reported

Nothing reported

A 2 Tonne box trailer has been stolen from farm premises in Crawley Road Horsham, with “Martin Lovell” on the side and Reigate Sea Cadets on the roof. Valued at £2,000.00.

A second trailer was also stolen from the same premises, it is a Boro car transporter, 17 Ft long and 8 Ft wide with twin axles. Valued at £1,960.00.

Nothing reported

Mid Sussex
A Kubota mini tractor, valued at £5,000.00 has been stolen from a barn in Brantridge Lane Staplefield Haywards Heath.

An Ifor Williams 2CB TT35 tipping trailer, valued at £8,000.00, has been stolen from farm premises in West Hoathly West Sussex.

A Wessex Trailer, also valued at £8,000.00 was also stolen from the same premises at the same time.

A High seat tree chair, valued at £160.00, has been stolen from premises in South coast Road Telscombe Cliffs Peacehaven.

A farm office in the Robertsbridge area was broken into and some £600.00 was stolen.

A tidy search was made of the workshop of a farm in the Bodium area and a diagnostic computer and tools, valued at £20,000.00 were stolen.

Nothing reported

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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