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Sussex Country Watch Newsletter
Reported loose animals on the highway this week is 14.
This was made up by 10 Sheep, 4 Horses and 1 Cow.
Sussex has been undated with cases of vehicles smashing through gates and fences, then driving round and round fields damaging crops in the process. It is believed that this is being done by poachers. So for that reason it is vital that you check your boundary hedges and fences, to include
Roads and Railways, at least twice each day.

1 x Trailer, Claws and Grabs, 3 Chain saws, 1 smashed window,
2 Motor vehicles, 22 Dead Sheep, 2 Iron chairs, 1 Iron Table,
I Iron bench, Hedge cutters and Strimmer’s.
Total £27,180.00.

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.
Do you have sheds, barns, garages, or outbuildings containing valuable equipment such as quad bikes, power tools, gardening equipment or farm machinery? If so   ,
please be on your guard after reports from Hampshire Kent Surrey and Sussex police report on the rise in number of recent burglaries. We also have seen a rise of burglaries in outbuildings occurring overnight and in the early hours of the morning in rural districts. The suspects are targeting farm machinery, quad bikes and All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) and anything of value such as power tools.

This is not something that is unique to the Southeast, it is also happening across the entire UK.

We believe many of these thefts are connected to organised crime groups who are exporting stolen quad bikes abroad. This shows a level of planning by the criminals, so being aware and reporting suspicious vehicles and people is really important.

We would urge anyone to ensure as far as possible to secure and alarm their buildings and property mark their equipment. Consider installing CCTV, tracker devices, automatic security lights and intruder alarm systems.

We are also warning people not to confront suspects. Call the police on 999 immediately if a crime is in progress."

Please take note of the following crime prevention advice in relation to quad bikes:

• Keep good records of your quad bikes or ATVs. Take colour photographs from the side, front and behind.
• Photos should include serial/chassis numbers, model numbers and distinguishing features
• All quads should be security marked with your postcode, followed by letters of your
property name or number
• Register your quad at
• Park as close to your premises as possible, ideally in a locked outbuilding with CCTV and security lighting, preferably out of sight from nearby roads.
• Secure with wheel clamps and/or locking posts, and store in a secure building. Consider using ground anchor plates and chains for extra security
• Consider investing in a bespoke quad security device (look for those approved by Secured by Design and Sold Secure)
• Fit a GPS tracking device
• Remove keys when not in use and do not leave them near the quad

The CESAR scheme is one option to help deter the theft and aid recovery of agriculture equipment.

The CESAR scheme was designed by police officers working in partnership with the construction and agricultural industries to provide police with a quick and effective way to identify all manners of machinery and equipment. CESAR can be fitted to all types of self-propelled and trailer mounted construction and agricultural equipment.
The registration database is accessible 24/7 to provide support to officers who are making enquiries at the roadside about equipment stopped in suspicious circumstances with persons they suspect may have stolen it.
CESAR uses Data tag ID technology, with both visible and covert markings, making it a deterrent and an aid to recovery.  Insurance companies may offer discounts on premiums and reduced excesses for cover on CESAR-marked machines. For more information visit:

As always, your local Sussex Police Neighbourhood team are keen to receive information on all crime spotted or believed to have occurred as this can assist with ongoing enquiries, as well as helping to build up their wider intelligence picture.

If you believe you have any information relating to any events then please call 101.


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 16th November 2020 to Sunday 22nd November 2020

Adur &
Nothing reported

A farmer in Walberton Arundel has found the remains of one of his sheep in the field where they graze, the rib cage, spine and guts were left at the scene. Did you see anything, if so please call us on the non-emergency number 101.

Brighton & Hove 
Nothing reported

A 12ft Ifor Williams flatbed trailer, with car ramps, has been stolen from a field in Gatehouse Lane Petworth. Valued at £600.00.

A barn in Lynchmere Haslemere has been broken into and the claws and grabs for small timber Hi-Ab together with a long Stihl chainsaw have been stolen. Estimated value £1,500.00.

Nothing reported

Scaffolding poles, clips and fittings to the value of £10,000.00 have been stolen from a farm in Tutts Barn Lane.

For the fifth time a window in St Richards Church Priory Road Eastbourne has been smashed. It costs £80.00 to replace each time.

Nothing reported

Nothing reported

A farmer from Adversane Billingshurst discovered that their sheep were missing, on making a thorough search they were found in woods next door. Upon examination it was discovered that some of the sheep had bite marks on them whilst others had clumps of wool missing, suggesting that this was caused by being attacked by dog/s.

A car key was stolen from the hallway of a bungalow in Ringmer Lewes along with a blue Ford Focus on a 06 plate. Estimated value £1,500.00.

A farmer in Barcombe Lewes has a sheep killed by a dog attack, a similar event took place a month ago.

Mid Sussex
A property in Sayers Common Hassocks was broken into and it is suspected that a quantity of fish were stolen from the lake.

2 vintage iron garden chairs, an iron table and bench have been stolen from the garden of property in Horsted Keynes. Estimated value £500.00.

A workshop in Brantridge Lane Haywards Heath has been broken into and a number of Strimmers, Hedge cutters and 2 Chain saws. Total valve of haul is around £10,000.00.

A whole flock of sheep in Scaynes Hill, were attacked by dogs, many were already dead but the rest had to be put down. Police enquiries are ongoing.

A green Polaris Ranger has been forcefully removed from premises in Plummers Plain Horsham. Valued at £10,000.00.


Good News. Rother police recovered a Quad bike before the owner realised that it had been stolen.  

A workshop in Wadhurst was forcefully entered and a black 2010 Mitsubishi L200 was stolen. Valued at £10,000.00.

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.
Adur and Worthing:
Brighton and Hove:
Mid Sussex:


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