Sussex Country Watch Newsletter
Firstly, I must apologise for the quality of the content of the messages below, this is due to me not having the usual access to crime reports as I am having to work away from the office. It is hoped that normal service will resume soon.
Reported loose animals on the highway this week is 2 Horses.
Please check your boundary hedges and fences to include, especially those that border Highways and Railways at least once every day.
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.
POACHING & HARE COURSING
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.
Monday 07th May 2021 to Sunday 13th June 2021
A farm in Patching was entered and batteries were stolen.
Brighton & Hove
In the space of a few days a farmer in Plaistow, Billingshurst has had 4 lambs killed in different dog attacks, and an additional 7 have died through shock. This results in a financial loss of around £2,500.00.
A horse lorry has been stolen from the Woodmancote area of Horsham.
A John Deere Digger has been stolen from premises in East Grinstead.
A work vehicle parked in Westfield was broken into and 2 Chainsaws, valued £900.00, were stolen.
Police investigating a sheep worrying incident in Fairlight are appealing for witnesses.
Officers were called on Saturday June 5 after a farmer discovered one of his sheep had been attacked in Hastings Country Park. The ewe sadly died as a result of the attack.
It is believed the incident happened around 4pm that day, and involved a black Great Dane with a white mark on its neck.
The dog owner, described as in his forties with a beard, is also believed to have had a grey mastiff dog with him.
Police investigating the matter are urging the dog owner to come forward, or to anyone to get in touch if they recognise the description or witnessed anything that could help the police with their enquiries.
Sergeant Carlo Leone, of the Sussex Police Rural Crime Team, said “Farmers work hard day and night to care for their livestock. It is therefore incredibly devastating for them to find that their animals have been killed with no-one taking ownership for their mistake.
“Not only does this equate to a loss of valuable earning but there is are also intangible effects cause by such an incident, with the decline in farmers’ mental health being well documented following reports of similar livestock attacks across the country.
“We ask that when the owner of these dogs sees this bulletin, they do the right thing and come forward.
“This is once again a cost reminder of why we implore all dog owners to keep their dogs on a lead whilst enjoying the countryside.”
A VW Gulf has been stolen from the drive of a property in East Heathfield.
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If you saw or heard anything, or have any information about any incident in this message please contact us online, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 101, quoting the reference number provided.
Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org or their dedicated rural crime reporting number 0800 783 0137 or online here
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