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Sussex Country Watch Newsletter
Reported loose animals on the highway this week is 12.
This was made up by 6 Horses, 3 Cows and 3 Sheep.
Please keep check your boundary hedges and fences, to include
Roads and Railways, at least twice each day.

1 x Whacker plate, 1 x Quad bike, 1 Hedge cutter, 1 x Chain saw,
1 x Strimmer, 2 x Trailers, 1 Juke Box, 2 Railway sleepers,
12 x Strimmers and 2 x Rheas.
Total £13,775.00.

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.
I have noted that there have been reports recently where people advertise items for sale on Social Websites and prospective purchasers make an appointment to view the item at the sellers’ premises. The so called purchaser distracts the seller and the runs off with the goods. Please be warned.


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.
GAME dealers, restaurateurs, hotels and public houses are being advised to check that they are not buying illegally killed game.
Rother PCSO Daryl Holter Wildlife Crime Officer for Sussex Police says “we have worked closely with rural communities and partner agencies to tackle the problem in the county for a number of consecutive years. We are preparing for an increase in reports due to time of year and would like to raise awareness around poaching and associated activities early on”.
To prevent purchasing illegal meat, people are advised not to buy from people who they do not know, report suspicious gatherings in car parks around vans or 4x4s and dealers in game should show legal documentation for the sale of meat.
Rother PCSO Daryl Holter Wildlife Crime Officer for Sussex Police, said: “Commercial poaching is a serious problem on various levels”. It is not a faceless crime. There is a real risk to public health as meat is introduced illegally into the system and in the case of deer poaching, the animals are shot at night using high-powered weapons with an obvious risk to public safety. There is also concern for deer not being killed in a clinical and professional manner as many are shot with weapons not suitable for the size of the animal. “I would urge anyone to contact police with any information that would help in catching poachers, especially if they have been offered meat from sources other than bona fide dealers. “I’d also like to send a warning to poachers themselves that we are working very closely with farm and land owners and in some cases even installing CCTV to catch poachers. It will not be tolerated and we will do all we can to support anyone that this crime affects.


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 9th November 2020 to Sunday 15th November 2020

Adur &
Nothing reported

Premises in off Fontwell Avenue, Westergate, Eastergate, Chichester, were forcefully entered and a Wacker Plate Model number dup25840h, valued at £1,500.00 was stolen

Brighton & Hove
Nothing reported

A barn on a farm in Main Road Birdham, Chichester, has been forcefully entered and a green Honda TRX420FM1 Quad bike with the Frame number 1HFTR 405064200208 has been stolen along with a chain saw and a trailer. Estimated value £7,000.00.

Nothing reported

Nothing reported

Nothing reported

Nothing reported

Premises in the Pulborough area have been entered and a trailer valued at £3,320.00 has been stolen.

A resident of Southwater, Horsham, advertised a Juke Box for sale on E-bay for £795.00. A prospective buyer came, asked for a demonstration and agreed to buy it, they then went on to say it was all payed for on Pay-Pal. The owner went to get his phone to check on this and the buyer in the mean time ran out of the house with it and then jumped into a waiting vehicle.

Nothing reported

Mid Sussex
A farm in Eat Street, Turners Hill, Crawley, has had 2 railway sleepers stolen from its entrance. Replacement costs £200.00.

There is evidence of deer poaching in the Dallington area of Battle.

Overnight 11th-12th November a farm premises in Hastings Road Battle were broken into and a Mac Allister petrol MBCP254 Brush cutter (strimmer) fitted with a red mulching blade was stolen along with, a Titan 52cc 5 in 1 hedge trimmer multi tool petrol strimmer, 3 Guinea foul poults, 6 Chickens consisting of 3 naked necks 1 Frizzle and 2 Polish Bantams. Value of haul is estimated at £360.00. If you have any information on this crime or any other information of suspicious activity in Rural Areas, please call Sussex Police on the non-emergency number 101.

Just after 07:30 hours this morning a silver Yamaha TW125 motorcycle was left outside a property in Kane Hythe Road Battle after running out of fuel. A witness noticed it at 08:00 hours but says that at 08:45 hours it gone. It looks like an opportunist thief has stolen it.  

2 Rheas have been stolen from a farm in Whitesmiths, Lewes. They are described as being white in colour and having a black/grey under the neck area. Value of the 2 birds is £400.00.

A chiller on a farm, in the Forest Row area, that is used to store deer carcases in has been forcefully entered, nothing is reported as being missing. Damage costs £200.00.

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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