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Fuel and Oil Theft – Sussex Police

https://sussex.police.uk/advice/protect-your-neighbourhood/rural-crime/fuel-and-oil-theft/

The Rural Crime Reporting Line is part of the NFU’s ongoing work to tackle the serious issues surrounding criminal behaviour on farms and in the wider countryside.

By ringing 0800 783 0137 or visiting the website farmers, rural businesses and the public can anonymously give information about crime relating to:

How easy would it be to gain access to your premises, outbuilding, sheds, tack rooms and farmhouses?

Are your locks adequate – could they be forced?

Can horseboxes, trailers or vehicles be removed without you hearing?

Could you describe or identify stolen property if it were recovered?

The advice on this page suggests some ways in which those in rural communities can protect themselves and their property from crime.

It’s not just those who live and work in rural communities who can do their bit. Many of us visit the countryside to appreciate the wildlife, countryside surroundings and historic buildings and we can all help preserve these areas. Take your litter home with you, always keep dogs under control in the countryside and on leads when around livestock, be careful to drive vehicles on authorised roads and do not take vehicles or motorbikes off road unless on a Byway Open to all Traffic (BOaT) which is not subject to a Traffic Regulation Order.

Machinery, tools and plant equipment

  • If possible, secure or immobilise vehicles or pieces of equipment when they’re not in use. Again, if practical, try to move machinery from fields, especially if it’s near a road. Always keep tools etc., locked away out of sight.

To help identify your property:

  • Use engravers to mark vehicles and equipment with your postcode, followed by the first two letters of your farm’s name.
  • Keep a record of serial, chassis and model numbers.

Fuel and oil theft

  • With the price of crude oil rising, oil theft is becoming increasingly common. For advice on how to reduce this in your area, please visit our fuel and oil theft page.

Livestock

  • Animals can be an easy target for thieves. Regularly check the fields where your animals are grazing.
  • Keep your hedges, fences and gates in good repair. Field gate hinges should have capping hinges so they can’t be removed easily. Cattle grids should be removable and locked out of position when they’re not in use. Use locking posts to obstruct large openings to yards, etc.
  • Consider installing CCTV.
  • If livestock is stolen it’s important for you to be able to give the police an accurate description. Eartags and horn brands help police to identify stock. Freeze branding, hot branding or tattooing your postcode will also help. Always take photographs of especially valuable animals.

Farmhouses

  • Farmhouses can be targeted by burglars because they are often large and in isolated areas. Fit British Standard deadlocks to all outside doors and always use them. These can also be reinforced with bolts. The main door should have a security chain and wide-angle door viewer, so you can see who is on the other side. Consider installing a burglar alarm. Fit window locks on all ground floor windows.
  • Keep shotguns and firearms in a securely locked place. Always store ammunition separately.
  • If you have to keep cash or jewellery in the house, put it in a quality safe.
  • Keep a record of all valuable possessions.
  • Whenever possible, use a security marking device to mark them with your postcode followed by the first two letters of your farm’s name. Take photos of valuable items next to a ruler (to indicate scale).
  • Never show opportunist burglars you’re not there by leaving notes for traders, etc. When you’re away ask a neighbour to keep an eye on the property.

Outbuildings

  • Store any valuable equipment and tools in a secure building with a well-built, locked door. Use British Standard locks, good quality locking bars and high security padlocks. Windows can be protected with metal bars. Always lock outbuildings when they’re not in use.
  • A worthwhile investment is fitting outside security lights controlled by an automatic time-switch or infra-red beams.
  • Again, consider installing CCTV.

Insurance

  • Make sure your insurance cover is adequate. Check with your insurance company that you are fully covered for vehicles, equipment and livestock, etc, as well as for the contents of buildings.

For further information and advice you can talk to your local Crime Prevention Officer by calling 101.

If a crime is currently in progress always call 999.


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SUSSEX COUNTRY WATCH REPORT 

Sussex Countrywatch update

15 May 2019

Sussex Country Watch Bulletin

Reported loose animals on the highway this week is 112
This was made up by 111 Cows and 1 Horse. 
Please check your boundary hedges and fences including Railways every day. 

For further information on securing your belongings and how to mark your equipment, visit our burglary advice pages or the Secured by Design website click here.


Crime and incident update

 Reported items stolen in the last week include
 
The total value of reported rural crime this week is £43,030. 
1 x calf, 1 x welder, 1 x generator, 1 x cutting set, 2 drills, 200 litres red diesel
1 x fogger 1 x water pump, 1 x compressor, 4 x batteries, 1 x fork, 5 x chairs, 4 bridals, 1 x caverson, Land Rover doors and front seats, 2 mowers, 2 bicycles, 
1 x winch,1 x wheel with tyre, 1 x jet washer, 1 x hedge cutter, 2 x strimmer’s,
2 x chainsaws, 1 x quadbike, 3 trailers, 1 x digger, several spanners, 
1 x post box, 1 x electric fence unit, 1 x boat and 1 x aircraft. 
 
See reports below for detail.
 
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 06th April 2019 to Sunday 12th April 2019
Area Ref Date Details
Adur & 
Worthing
    Nothing reported
Arun Nothing reported
Brighton & Hove 0892 07/05/2019 A day old brown calf has been taken from a farm in Race Hill Brighton, witnesses say a person driving a blue Vauxhall Corsa asked a van driver to help them put it into the car as it was poorly and they wanted to take it to the vets. No vet in the area has seen this calf. Fortunately the incident was captured by the dash cam of the van. Enquires are ongoing. Value £300.00
Chichester 0243 06/05/2019 A shipping container on a farm in Birdham Road Chichester was broken into and a number of items were stolen, these include a welder, a generator, a cutting set and battery powered drills. Also stolen red diesel was stolen from 3 tractors parked in the open. Value of the haul £5,000.00.
0871 06/05/2019 HERITAGE St Crispin’s Church in Church Place Pulborough has had a window smashed, fortunately it was not a stained glass one. No entry appears to have been made.
1556 06/05/2019 A farm in Main Road Bosham Chichester has been entered and an outbuilding was forcefully entered and several items have been stolen, these include 1 x Fontan Compactstar fogger, 1 x Honda petrol water pump, 1 x Clarke 50Litre compressor, 1 x Battery for the generator, 100 Litres of red diesel plus various odd bits and pieces. Value of haul is around £6,000.00.
0355 07/05/2019 A stable yard in Eartham Road Boxgrove Chichester has been entered and several items stolen, this includes 1 x muck fork, 5 x blue garden chairs, 1 x brown leather Mickleham bridal, 3 x brown leather bridals and  I x royal blue Bridalway  lunging cavasson. Value of haul £900.00.  
0142 08/05/2019 A Land Rover 110 Defender that was parked on the drive of a property in Crede Lane Bosham Chichester was stripped of all its doors and front seats. The owner tells me that the insurance company have written the vehicle off. Value totals £5,000.00.
0921 10/05/2019 Whilst the owner of farm premises in Runcton Lane Runcton Chichester was away from his barn person/s unknown entered it and stole a red Lawnflite 604 ride on mower, a bicycle and an old tractor battery. Haul value £1,250.00.
0989 12/05/2019 HERITAGE The Novium in Tower Street Chichester has had intruder/s damage the roof area above the entrance. The metal slates covering the ceiling have been pulled down and off, it also had a part that was hanging down the left hanging there. If you saw anything suspicious please call Sussex police and quote the reference to the side.
Crawley 1431 07/05/2019 An unsuccessful attempt was made to steal a Land Rover from a property in Hollingbourne Crescent Crawley. The vehicle alarm was activated when an intruder broke into the vehicle, the vehicle owner chased a male off the premises.
0888 10/05/2019 HERITAGE OvernightSt Margaret’s Church in Ifield Street Crawley had 4 pillar path lights broken, replacement costs not known at this time but likely to be £200/300.
Eastbourne 0182 08/05/2019 A winch was removed and stolen from the front of a Land Rover Defender parked in St Anne’s Road Eastbourne, value £350.00.
Gatwick     Nothing reported
Hastings     Nothing reported
Horsham 0233 10/05/2019 A front wheel has been stolen from a vehicle parked outside a property in Broadbridge Heath Road Warnham Horsham. Replacement £80.00.
0995 10/05/2019 An outbuilding to premises in Horsham Road Warnham was forcefully entered and several items were stolen including a jet washer, a hedge trimmer, 2 strimmer’s, a chain saw, a lawnmower and a bicycle. Value £4,000.00.
Lewes 0433 07/05/2019 A dark brown Staffy wearing a red harness was seen chasing sheep and holding a lamb down by its ears at Telscombe Tye South Coast Peacehaven.
1334 08/05/2019 A further attack on sheep has taken place at Telscombe Tye, this time a lamb was killed. The witness knows the owner of the dog. Enquiries are ongoing.
0748 10/05/2019 An outbuilding to a farm in Plumpton Lane Lewes was broken into and 2 chainsaws were stolen, value £400.00.
Mid Sussex     Nothing reported
Rother 1283 06/05/2019 A green Arctic Cat Quadbike with a sprayer on the back was stolen overnight from farm premises in Ashburnham Battle. Value £4,000.00.
0139 08/05/2019 An ornithologist was out bird watching in the Rye area when he noticed a hare, he watched it for a while the, 3 males the appeared with 2 Greyhounds or Greyhound type dogs, the handlers then sent the dogs after the hare. Out witness then left as they felt unsafe.
0195 09/05/2019 An 8×4 tipping Ifor Williams trailer has been stolen from premises in Pett Road Pett Hastings, CCTV clearly shows 2 males pushing it down the road. Value £2,500.00.
0653 09/05/2019 A 15 foot twin axled, flatbed trailer was stolen overnight from farm premises in Hog Hill Winchelsea. Value £3,000.00.
0411 11/05/2019 A yellow 3 tonne Bobcat digger has been stolen from farm premises in Bodiam Robertsbridge. Value £9,000.00.
0544 11/05/2019 The workshop to a farm in Top Road Hooe has been entered and a few spanners hammers and a drill were stolen. Value £200.00.
0965 11/05/2019 A red reproduction Victorian post box has been stolen from outside a property in Fairlight. Vale £150.00.
Wealden 1119 06/05/2019 A trailer with a small Trike light aircraft on it was stolen from outside a property on Coast Road Pevencey Bay. Valued at £3,000.00.
1451 07/05/2019 An electric fencing unit together with its battery has been stolen from a farm in Farm Road Eridge Green. Value £200.00.
0067 10/05/2019 HERITAGE The Listed Church of St Peter & St Paul in Church Street Wadhurst has been the victim of lead theft from its roof, at this moment we do not know what the repair costs we be but they are likely to run into thousands of pounds.
0636 12/05/2019 An outbuilding to premises in Otham Court Road Polegate has been entered and a trailer with a boat on it has been stolen. Value £8,000.00.

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 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101, quoting the reference number provided.

8 May 2019

Reported loose animals on the highway this week is 32
This was made up by 18 Cows, 8 Sheep and 6 Horses. 
Please check your boundary hedges and fences including Railways every day. 

For further information on securing your belongings and how to mark your equipment, visit our burglary advice pages or the Secured by Design website click here.


Crime and incident update

 Reported items stolen in the last week include
1 set number plates, 1 Strimmer, 2 CCTV cameras, 
1 Whacker plate, 2 Batteries, 2 Tyres and wheels, 
I Quadbike, 1 Impact driver, 1 Stapler and 1 Drill driver. 
The total value of reported rural crime this week is £23,150. 
 
See reports below for detail.
 
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.
 
WORDS OF ADVICE
Each week Sussex Police receive numerous complaints from members of the pubic concerning suspicious vehicles being driven into private property and the occupants looking as to the layout of the premises and seeing what is stored on site. 
Once the occupants realise, they have been spotted they then invariably make a hasty retreat, on the other hand if one manages to speak with them and ask them why they are there they usually come up with a week excuse like looking for a lost dog.
As much as it is a pain the easiest method of stopping these unwelcome visitors is to keep the entrance gates shut at all times as an open gate looks very welcoming. Another suggestion is to either fit CCTV to your entrances and exits or another cheaper method is to fit “Trail Cameras”, these are inexpensive and work on batteries. Whatever you decide on, if you get a camera and it is to be of use in prosecution the picture must have the date and time on it, also bear in mind the higher the resolution the sharper the picture. Then when you get a visit you will be able to provide police with the photographic evidence. 

Monday 29th April 2019 to Sunday 05th April 2019
Area Ref Date Details
Adur & 
Worthing
0510 01/05/2019 A sheep owner in Mill Hill Shoreham by Sea witnessed a black Terrier dog attacking one of their ewes, sadly a few hours later the lamb aborted her lambs and is now very poorly.
Arun Nothing reported
Brighton & Hove 1253 29/04/2019 Business premises in Home Farm Road Brighton have been experiencing problems with rocks being thrown from the park behind them causing damage to the roof of the building.
0330 04/05/2019 A resident from Hove has found that both front and rear number plates have been stolen from their Land Rover Discovery.
Chichester 0475 04/05/2019 HERITAGE One of the stained glass windows of the Victorian church of St Peters in Lodworth Petworth has been smashed in what is believed to have been an unsuccessful attempt to gain entry. Repairs are likely to run into thousands of pounds.
0842 04/05/2019 Premises in Lodworth have been entered and approximately 100Kilos of lead has been removed from outbuildings and left behind them, no doubt to collect later.
Crawley 0063 07/05/2019 HERITAGE Criminal damage has been caused to the Victorian Lych-Gates at St John the Evangelist Church Copthorn, Crawley. The gates are part of a memorial to those who served in both WW1 & bWW11 and have now had to be removed. If you have any information that could help in catching those responsible please call us on the non-emergency number 101.
Eastbourne     Nothing reported
Gatwick     Nothing reported
Hastings     Nothing reported
Horsham 0486 30/04/2019 WSF&R attended to a fire in the outbuildings of a farm in Brighton Road Henfield.
0691 30/04/2019 Whilst attending to the grounds of St Marys Church in Church Place Pulborough a strimmer was taken, valued at £450.
0953 02/05/2019 WSF&R attended a fire that got out of control on a farm in London Road Henfield.
0309 05/05/2019 A container kept on farm land in Crawley Road Faygate was broken into, at this time it is not believed that anything was stolen from it but two cameras were stolen from outside it.
Lewes 0591 04/05/2019 Premises in Plumpton Lane Lewes were entered a whacker plate was stolen. Value £450.
0798 05/05/2019 A trailer owned by Highways England that gives written advice, that was sited on the A27 near to Middle Farm has had 2 heavy duty batteries stolen from it, value £1,000 along with  2 wheels and tyres, value £500 and £1,250 of damage to the container and wiring.
Mid Sussex 0350 01/05/2019 A barn in Henfield Road Hassocks was entered and a Yamaha Quadbike, Makita hand tools Impact driver, Stapler, Drill driver were all stolen. Value £6,500.
Rother 1081 02/05/2019 The copper piping to an oil tank to a farm in Hooe Road Ninfield Battle has been vandalised, no oil has been taken but several hundreds of pounds of damage has been done.
0710 05/05/2019 Both number plates were stolen from a car parked on a farm in Hobbs Lane Beckley. It is believed that the plates were used on a similar car to commit a crime.
Wealden 1232 29/04/2019 A black 62 plate VW Golf was stolen from farm premises in Boodle Street Green. Value £8,000.
0261 01/05/2019 A blue Land Rover Defender 90 on a 04 plate has been stolen from premises in Halley Road Heathfield. Value £5000.
0919 04/05/2019 ESF&R attended to a fire of 2 skips and a van in Firgrove Road Heathfield.

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 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk 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

1 May 2019

Reported loose animals on the highway this week is 43.
This was made up by 42 Sheep and 1 Horses. 
Please check your boundary hedges and fences including Railways every day. 

For further information on securing your belongings and how to mark your equipment, visit our burglary advice pages or the Secured by Design website click here.

Crime and incident update

 Reported items stolen in the last week include
2 Stump grinders, 1 Transit van full of tools, 2 Batteries, 1 Digger,
Chainsaws, 1 Quadbike, 1 Electric bike, Lead roof, Jewellery, Cash, 
Climbing ropes, Harnesses, Lanyards, Helmet, a Carabine, 1Trailer, 
1 Range Rover and 1 Land Rover Defender.
The total value of reported rural crime this week is £179,500.00. 
See reports below for detail.
 
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 22nd April 2019 to Sunday 28th April 2019
Area Ref Date Details
Adur & 
Worthing
    Nothing reported
Arun 0310 27/04/2019 A barn to a property on Dairy Lane Walberton Arundel was forcefully entered and a large quantity of equipment has been stolen, this includes a yellow Carlton 7015 tracked stump grinder, a yellow Carlton SP210 pedestrian stump grinder, a Schliesing wood chipper, A yellow Ford Transit van that was full of hand tools. Value of the haul is in excess of £100,000:00
Brighton & Hove     Nothing reported
Chichester 0829 28/0/2019 Outbuildings in Marlpit Lane Emsworth have been broken into, whilst nothing was stolen from the outbuildings electric fence batteries were stolen from an adjacent field. Value £100.
Crawley     Nothing reported
Eastbourne     Nothing reported
Gatwick     Nothing reported
Hastings     Nothing reported
Horsham 0342 27/04/2019 A red and white 2 Tonne Kubota Digger that was loaded on an Indispense trailer in Faygate Lane Faygate Horsham was stolen overnight. Value £4,500:00.
Lewes 0601 25/04/2019 A group of people have been seen riding dirt bikes, 4x4s and quad bikes down a large hill towards the river from Offham Road Offham Lewes, thus causing damage to the vegetation. This land is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) which is a place for Hearts Tongue Ferns and a species of Toad which are being damaged.
Mid Sussex 0301 27/04/2019 A farm in Birch Grove, Horsted Keynes Haywards Heath was entered and an outbuilding was forcefully entered and several items were removed and stolen, these include 1o chainsaws, climbing ropes, harnesses, lanyards, a helmet and a Carabine, valued at £9,000:00. Other items may have been stolen.
0348 28/04/2019 Premises in Haywards Heath Road Balcombe were entered and a Quadbike, 2 chainsaws, an aluminium quad box with agricon 1 pair binoculars, a spotting scope. Value £15,000:00.
Rother 0264 26/04/2019 An unsuccessful attempt was made to steal Diesel was made to a site in Watermill Lane Bexhill.
0309 27/04/2019 An unsuccessful attempt was made to enter a motor vehicle in Peasmarsh by drilling a hole in the door near to the lock, as this activated the alarm the intruder/s left.
0646 27/04/2019 A van parked in Roselands Drive Sedlescombe was entered by drilling a hole above the door lock and a Haibike electric hard 71 bicycle valued at £1,400:00 was stolen.
0970 30/04/2019 Person/s unknown have entered premises in Northiam Road Staplecross and stolen lead to the value of £700:00.
1357 29/04/2019 Detectives are investigating a robbery at a rural property in Etchingham.
Two masked men are reported to have forced their way into the house, in Fontridge Lane, shortly after 9.15pm on Monday 29 April.
The two occupants – a man and a woman – were alerted to the disturbance at the back door and challenged the intruders. During this, the man was punched to the face, and both occupants were bound on the floor using cable ties.
A search of the property was made, and the offenders got away with items including a jewellry and approximately £20,000 in cash.
They also stole a black Range Rover from the address, which was found burnt out shortly afterwards in nearby Church Lane.
Investigating officer, Inspector Jon Gillings, said: “This appears to be a pre-planned and targeted attack on a couple who were left understandably shaken following the incident. They are receiving the support they need at this time.
“Enquiries are ongoing and we are appealing for anyone with any information to come forward.
“Specifically, we would like to hear from anyone who saw anyone or anything suspicious in the area around the time of the offence, or in the days leading up to it.”
The first suspect is described as black, about 6’, in his mid to late 20s, of stocky build, wearing black gloves, black trousers, a black hoody, and blue and white Nike Air Max trainers.
The second suspect is described as white, wearing a black hoody, black tracksuit bottoms and a balaclava, and carrying a large knife.
Both suspects spoke an English accent.
Anyone with any information is asked to report it online or call 101, quoting serial 1357 of 30/04.
Alternatively, you can visit the Crimestopperswebsite or contact the independent charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Wealden 0242 22/04/2019 An outbuilding on a farm in Fletching Uckfield was broken into, nothing appears to be missing.
0202 25/04/2019 A car parked on a driveway of a farm in Withyham Road Withyham was broken into and £2:00 was stolen from the centre consul.
0306 28/04/2019 A metallic black Land Rover Defender has been stolen from premises in Hartfield.Chassis/VIN; SALLDHMS7AA791481.Engine No 100121025732244DT. 2.4 TDI. Valued at £25,000:00.

Help us keep Sussex safe

24 April 2019

Sussex Country Watch Bulletin

Reported loose animals on the highway this week is 42
This was made up by 28 Cows, 12 Sheep and 2 Horses. 
Please check your boundary hedges and fences including Railways every day. 

For further information on securing your belongings and how to mark your equipment, visit our burglary advice pages or the Secured by Design website click here.

Crime and incident update

 Reported items stolen in the last week include
2 Land Rovers, 1 mobility scooter, 1 electronic trap, 1 dingy, 2 trailers, 
40 fence posts, 1 VW Transporter, 8 lead ropes, 7 webbing head collars 1 leather head collar, 10 turnout horse rugs and 1 off road mororbike.
 
The total value of reported rural crime this week is £73,604.00. 
See reports below for detail.
 
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.
WORDS OF ADVICE
UK Police forces, including Sussex, report a rise in the theft of agricultural GPS systems from all types of vehicle. These then leave the UK and usually end up in Eastern Europe or Africa. If possible please remove them when not in use and mark them to make them less attractive to the second hand market.

Monday 15th April 2019 to Sunday 21st April 2019
Area Ref Date Details
Adur & 
Worthing
    Nothing reported
Arun Nothing reported
Brighton & Hove 0198 16/04/2019 A black Land Rover Discovery on a 14 plate, was stolen from the drive of a property in Rottingdean. Inside it was a child’s mobility scooter and the child’s medical history. Value of theft £30,000.
1454 18/04/2019 A group of 5-6 youths aged 15-16 years of age were seen building fires in Nevill Playing Fields in Hove, ESF&R attended and requested police help in dealing with the situation. Do you know who any of these children are.
Chichester 0933 16/04/2019 A Morris Electronics ABT trap release (used in Clay shooting) and valued at £264, has been stolen from a farm in Chilgrove Road Chilgrove Chichester. 
0941 17/04/2019 A 14’ Dingy that was on a trailer has gone missing, presumed stolen from a yard in Chidham. Items valued at £1,000.
0928 21/04/2019 A blue Land Rover Defender 90on a W plate has been stolen from premises in Westerland, Petworth. Value £9,000.
0262 16/04/2019 An unsuccessful attempt was made to steal Takeuchi digger from premises in Upwaltham, Chichester, it is reported that in the process several parts were removed from the digger and left in the elements to deteriorate.
Crawley     Nothing reported
Eastbourne     Nothing reported
Gatwick 0248 19/04/2019 A male dressed in black was seen climbing into a field backing onto Gatwick Airport runway with a rifle. Police rushed to the scene, the male was a farmer legitimately vermin shooting.
Hastings     Nothing reported
Horsham Nothing reported
Lewes 0453 15/04/2019 An Ifor Williams LM85 Twin axled trailer 6’ by 10’, serial number 5086595 C+53709 has been stolen from premises in Newhaven. Replacement cost £3,240.
0345 21/04/2019 Premises in Green Lane Ringmer Lewes have been entered and two outbuildings were broken into. It is believed that the intruders were disturbed as nothing was stolen.
0276
0293
18/04/2019 8 units on a farm in Common Lane Ditchling, Hassocks were broken into overnight and at least £10,000 worth of power tools have been stolen, these include chainsaws, pole saws and hedge cutters.
Mid Sussex 0006 15/04/2019 A farm in Twineham Lane Hassocks has been entered overnight by what is believed to be a 4×4 with a trailer or caravan behind it and driven across the lawns and fields.
0434 16/04/2019 An outbuilding to a property in Station Road Burgess Hill has again been broken into overnight, nothing was stolen but like last time it seems to have been used by drug takers as it smells strongly of weed.
0738 19/04/2019 A farm in Mill Lane Balcombe Haywards Heath has been entered and three farm Vehicles, 2 x lorries and 1 x tractor have suffered from windscreens being broken, Replacement cost unknown at this time.
1326 19/04/2019 WSF&R attended a barn fire in Turners Hill Road Crawley with 4 appliances.
Rother 0507 15/04/2019 40 fence posts have been stolen from a property in Channel Way Fairlight. Value £100
0456 16/04/2019 An unsuccessful attempt was made to beak into an outbuilding in Laurel Lane Winchelsea by two males caught on CCTV.
1097 17/04/2019 A black Volkswagen Transporter on a 14 plate valued at around £15,000 has been stolen from business premises in Whatlington.
Wealden 1347 15/04/2019 8 lead ropes and head collars and 10 horse rugs have been stolen from premises in Hempstead Lane Hailsham. Value £1,000.
0466 18/04/2019 A workshop to a farm in Coldharbour Road Upper Dicker Hailsham was broken into overnight and a bright orange special edition KTM 250 was stolen. Value £4,000.

10 April 2019

 

Sussex Country Watch Bulletin

Reported loose animals on the highway this week is 8.
This was made up by 5 Sheep and 3 Horses. 
Please check your boundary hedges and fences including Railways every day. 
 
There have been dozens of reports of people stealing metal from properties in all parts of East and West Sussex, far too many to list.

For further information on securing your belongings and how to mark your equipment, visit our burglary advice pages or the Secured by Design website click here.


Crime and incident update
 
Items stolen this week include
1 quad bike, a large quantity of tools, 9 + several batteries, lead roofing from a church,  
I motor mower, 1 boat engine, 2 fuel cans and fuel, 1 engine cover,
1 pick-up truck, 1 pile driver, 1 generator/welder, 
1 pressure washer and 1 trailer.
The total value of reported rural crime this week is £159,235 
plus approximately £40,000 worth of criminal damage. 
See reports below for detail.
 
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 01st April 2019 to Sunday 07th April 2019
Area Ref Date Details
Adur & 
Worthing
    Nothing reported
Arun 0239 02/05/2019 A red Honda TRX quad bike worth £3,000 has been stolen from a farm in Eastergate Lane, Walberton, Arundel. Also stolen was a quantity tools and a battery valued at £500.
Brighton & Hove     Nothing reported
Chichester 0298 01/05/2019 Heritage St Pauls Church Hall in Churchside, Chichester, has been broken into by smashing the entrance door, the intruders then smashed an internal office door. It was later discovered that somebody had sent an email on behalf of the church to a third party asking for monies to be sent to a different account.
Crawley     Nothing reported
Eastbourne     Nothing reported
Gatwick     Nothing reported
Hastings 1010   Heritage The Church in the Drive, Hollington, St Leonards on Sea, has been the victim a lead theft. Part of the roof was replaced in 2010 at a cost of £7,500. The lead is all marked with Smart Water.
Horsham 0434 07/05/2019 Six caravans kept on a farm in Steyning, have been broken into and they all had their batteries stolen. Value of the batteries and damage is £960.
Lewes 0309 02/05/2019 A Husqvarna LC154V 120514M 000025 lawn mower valued at £300, has been stolen from an outbuilding of a farm in South Road, Plumpton Green, Lewes.
0064 05/05/2019 About 20, 20ton lorry loads of inert waste and shredded plastic has been illegally Fly Tipped into a quarry in The Street, Glynde Lewes. To gain access to the site the main gate was damaged and the repair costs are in the region of £5,000.
Mid Sussex 0275 02/05/2019 A 15HP Tohatsu boat engine, S/no 032145XD, valued at £4,000, 1 x red fuel can 1 x petrol can, both holding fuel valued at £25, 1 x grey engine cover worth £25 were all stolen from a farm in Brighton Road, Hassocks.
0641 02/05/2019 The battery to a tractor parked in a fields off Pickwell Lane, Ansty, Haywards Heath, was stolen, value £200.
Rother 0371 01/05/2019 A Mitsubishi L200 double cab pick-up truck, coloured black and grey, with a registration similar to GF!3!SN was stolen from a farm in East Guldeford, Rye. Value £2,500.
0918 01/05/2019 A farmer in Udimore, Rye, spotted intruders putting batteries into the back of their truck, they had just stolen them from an outbuilding. In an attempt to stop them the informant smashed the driver’s window to the van.
0279 02/05/2019 Premises in Brede Road, Westfield, Hastings, have been forcefully entered and a Piling Rig (pile driver) valued at £134,000 was stolen along with a generator/welder valued at £3,000.
1163 02/05/2109 A tractor battery has been stolen from a farm in East Guldeford Rye, value £125.
1116 05/05/2019 A sheep owner from Hastings Road Battle found two Jack Russell dogs chasing one of his elderly sheep, both are described as being black and white and very yappy. The owner of the sheep managed to scare them off and into nearby woods. They have no idea who owns them, do you?
0404 10/05/2019 Two males in their 20’s were disturbed attempting to break inti All Saints Church, Blackham Tunbridge Wells. Although this is a Kent address Blackham is in East Sussex. Once discovered they ran off, but dropped an adjustable spanner that was being used to break the padlock, they then got into a silver Ford and drove off. The same vehicle was seen elsewhere the same day in suspicious circumstances.
Wealden 0927 02/05/2019 A Land Rover that was parked up in Crowborough Hill Crowborough with a trailer connected to it, had a crowbar taken from the trailer and used to smash driver’s door glass.
0433 03/05/2019 A Karcher HDS 601c pressure wash has been stolen from a farm in Punnetts Town Heathfield by forcing entry to an out building. Value £1,100. 
0201 04/05/2019 Intruders broke into a site in Park Farm Hailsham and caused £30,000 worth of damage to machinery.
1017 05/05/2019 Heritage The Church of St John in St Johns Road Crowborough has been entered and 6 heavy Victorian candlesticks were stolen along with 6 others that were lighter and more modern. Also stolen was a set of Sanctuary bells. The exact value of these items are unknown but likely to be in the thousands of pounds.
0835 07/05/2019 A PRG trailer, S/no MS2954, valued at £2,000 has been stolen premises in Hankham Road Pevensey.

 


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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 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk 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

 

Sussex Countrywatch Update

Monday 4 April 2019

Country Watch Coordinator’s Update

Reported loose animals on the highway this week is 20.
This was made up by 12 Sheep and 8 Horses. 
Please check your boundary hedges and fences including Railways every day. 

For further information on securing your belongings and how to mark your equipment, visit our burglary advice pages or the Secured by Design website click here.


Crime and incident update

 Reported items stolen in the last week include
8 Diggers, 4 Chainsaws, 3 Hedge cutters, 1 Pruner, 1 Woodcutter, 
2 x Hand tools, 1 Cow horn strimmer, an amount of Petrol, 1 back pack blower, 
1 Electric fence unit, 1 Truck, 1 Land Rover Defender, and 1 Gator.
The total value of reported rural crime this week is £147,980. 
See reports below for detail.
 
Whilst power and hand held tools seem to be the very popular items to steal, I notice a rise in the number of diggers and excavators being stolen, 8 this week. As these items are expensive it really is worthwhile fitting them with trackers.
 
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 25th March 2019 to Sunday 31st March 2019
Area Ref Date Details
Adur & 
Worthing
0427 27/03/2019 3 male youths were seen illegally riding motorbikes on private farm land off Mill Hill, Shoreham by Sea.
0619 30/03/2019 Two barns at the end of a dead end road in Lancing have been broken into and £3,500 worth of hand tools were stolen.
Arun 0024 26/03/2019 A well-built male aged about 40 with grey hair and around 6 foot tall was seen on private land in Angmering, Worthing. He had two young children with him aged 6-9 years and a Lurcher dog. He is reported to have been hare coursing.
0515 26/03/2019 A yard in Burndell Road, Yapton, Arundel, was broken into and 6 diggers with a value of £54,000 were stolen.
Brighton & Hove 0318 27/03/2019 A metal shipping container that was situated in Preston Park Brighton has been broken i9nto and property to the value of £10,000 was stolen. These include 1 x  cow horn strimmer, a quantity of petrol, 1 x back pack blower, 1 x small hand held blower, 1 x double headed bladed short arm hedge cutter/ 1 x single bladed short arm hedge cutter and 1 x long arm hedge cutter.
Chichester 0214 25/03/2019 An outbuilding to a farm in the Midhurst area was broken into and various power tools were stolen, these include 4 x Stihl chain saws and 1 x high powered pruner. Valued at £1,500.
0632 26/03/2019 The fence to a field in Hollycombe, Liphook, has been deliberately cut, it is believed that the intention was to steal livestock as a small black van was seen next to the incident.
0229 27/03/2019 A storage container on a farm in Emsworth has been broken into and a woodchipper valued at £9,000 has been stolen.
0359 27/03/2019 Stables in Downs Road, West Stoke, Chichester have been broken into twice recently, nothing is kept in the stables so nothing was stolen on either occasion.
1252 27/03/2019 WSF&R attended a car fire in a field off Ham Road, Chichester. The fire was extinguished but the vehicle was totally destroyed. Fire services say ignition was deliberate.
Crawley     Nothing reported
Eastbourne     Nothing reported
Gatwick     Nothing reported
Hastings     Nothing reported
Horsham 0171 25/03/2019 An electric fence energiser and battery has been stolen from a field in Greyfriars Lane, Pulborough. Value £80.
0190 25/03/2019 A wheel barrow belonging to someone else was stolen from the same field, presumably to transport the electric fence.
Lewes     Nothing reported
Mid Sussex 0263 29/03/2019 A farm in Poynings Road, Poynings, Brighton, was entered and containers were broken into, odd bits of plant to the value of £500 were stolen.
Rother 0863 27/03/2019 A white Ford Transit truck with a registration plate similar to NG!6!YT was stolen from a farm in Barnhorn Road, Bexhill on Sea. The vehicle contained various work tools. Total value £4,400.
0838 31/03/2019 HERITAGE A medieval window in the church of St John The Baptist, in Westfield, has been smashed. Enquiries are ongoing.
Wealden 0702 25/03/2019 Two diggers worth £20,000 have been stolen from a farm in Eridge Road Crowborough.
1183 26/03/2019 A farmer in Rocks Lane Uckfield found a female walking 3 dogs off the lead in his field of sheep. He escorted the female off his land.
0573 28/03/2019 A Land Rover Discovery on a 02 plate has been stolen from Eastbourne Road, Westham, Pevensey, Value £4,000.
0370 31/03/2019 A yard in Hadlow Down Road, Crowborough, has been broken into and a 6 wheeler John Deere has been stolen. Value £5,000.

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 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101, quoting the reference number provided.

 

Monday 1st April 2019

Sussex Countrywatch Update
 

Reported loose animals on the highway this week is 29.
This was made up by 27 Sheep, and 2 Horses.
Please check your boundary hedges and fences every day, this includes both Roadside and Railway line boundaries.

Crime and incident update

Reported items stolen in the last week include
6 Chainsaws, 4 Motorcycles, 3 Batteries,1 Impact driver, 5 Electric drills,
2 Socket guns, 6 Circular saw blades, 1 Woodchipper, 1 Pressure washer,
1 Pump, 6 Strimmers, 1 Lorry, 3 Diggers, 1 Auger, 1 Caravan,
2 Generators, 10 Tool boxes with tools in, 2 Post knockers, 1 Chainsaw jacket,
1 Chainsaw trousers, 2 Hand rotovators, 4 Lawn mowers, 1 Radio,
1 Set motorcycle ramps, 1 Set car ramps, 2 Trailers, Angling equipment,
1 Washing machine, 1 Microwave and 3 Washing lines.

The value put on these stolen items amounts to £75,150.00.
See reports below for detail.

Outbuildings still seem to be the number one place to hit as they often contain chainsaws, strimmer’s, hedge cutters, leaf blowers etc. Please ensure that you keep a record of the serial and model numbers of your equipment and record them on a database such as immobilise.com as without them it is unlikely that you will get your equipment back.
Please contact us if you would like information about security marking your property.

Equipment and tool security
Equipment and tool security can be a particular issue for rural businesses and farms.
To keep your belongings safe:

  • lock equipment away in a secure building or part of a building when not in use
  • invest in a secure storage toolbox
  • install a burglar alarm on buildings where equipment is kept
  • always lock vehicles when left outside and keep the keys in your possession
  • keep expensive items and vehicles out of sight when not in use
  • consider using hitch locks, wheel clamps or ground anchors
  • mark your tools and equipment and register them for free with Immobilise
  • keep a record of all valuable items
  • consider fitting outside security lights

For further information on securing your belongings and how to mark your equipment, visit our burglary advice pages or the Secured by Design website click here.
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 18th March 2019 to Sunday 24th March 2019
Area Ref Date Details
Adur &
Worthing
Nothing reported
Arun 0524 21/03/2019 A caravan sited on premises in Church Lane, Bognor Regis, has been entered and various items have been stolen. These include a washing machine, a microwave and three washing lines.
0704 23/03/2019 A farm in West Walberton, Arundel, has been entered by intruders cutting locks off field entrances and crossing two fields then breaking into a barn where they stole various items. These include 1 x Stihl MS 200 chainsaw, 1 x Dewalt 54v chainsaw, 1 x red Honda CRF 100F motorbike, a box of Dewalt tools that include, a brushless 3 speed drill, 3 x batteries, 1 x impact driver, other drills, socket guns, various circular saw blades and a child’s red, Honda QR with a red seat. Estimated value of stolen goods is £4,000.
Brighton & Hove Nothing reported
Chichester 0069 18/03/2019 A Timberwolf 190, wood chipper, valued at £7,500, was stolen from a yard in Drayton Lane, Chichester, by forcing the gate.
0188 21/03/2019 An outbuilding on a farm in Bookers Lane, Earnley has been broken into and a Karcher pressure washer, 1000 litres of red diesel, and a pump were all stolen. A caravan was broken into doing £900 worth of damage to it. The value of the stolen goods is £2,200.
0328 23/03/2019 The workshop to premises in Church Road, Singleton, Chichester, was broken into and various items have been stolen. These include, 4 chainsaws, 6 strimmers, several bags of kit. Value of stolen goods is up to £5,000.
Crawley Nothing reported
Eastbourne Nothing reported
Gatwick Nothing reported
Hastings Nothing reported
Horsham 0277 20/03/2019 Premises in Guildford Road, Clemsfold, Horsham, have been entered, an unsuccessful attempt was made to force entry to a building, but the alarm activated, a Transit van was broken into, nothing was stolen from it.
Lewes 0453 21/03/2019 Two males, mid 20s, were caught trying to break into a barn in Spatham Lane, Ditchling, Hassocks. When approached by the owner they gave the old excuse of looking for a lost dog then left the premises.
Mid Sussex 0967 20/03/2019 WSF&R attended a caravan fire on a farm in Scaynes Hill Road, Lindfield, with 8 pump units.
Rother 0803 19/03/2019 A farm in Worsham Lane, Bexhill on Sea, was entered over the weekend and several items were stolen, these include, 1 x 7.5 Ton Iveco, Beavertail lorry. 1 x 3 Ton Takeuchi TB228 Excavator serial number 122800996, 1 x hydraulic auger drive unit.  Value £7,350.
0286 23/03/2019 A Lunar Clubman SBC39 caravan, serial number SGLS000LUD1027671 has bee stolen from a farm in Moor Hall Drive, Ninfield, Battle. Value £12,500.
0564 25/03/2019 A barn in Station Road, Northiam, Rye, had been forcefully entered and a number of items have been stolen, these include, 2 x generators, several tool boxes each containing lots of tools, post knockers, 1 set chainsaw trousers and jacket, Makita drills, 2 x small hand rotovators, 4 lawn mowers, 1 x radio, motorbike ramps, car ramps, 1 x 4 wheeled trailer. Value of theft around £10,000.
0322 26/03/2019 Some time over the last two weeks intruder/s have entered a lock-up garage in Hastings Road, Bexhill on Sea, and stolen £1200 worth of angling equipment.
0188 27/03/2019 Intruders were disturbed and left empty handed after being seen at premises in Forewood Lane, Crowhurst, Battle.
Wealden 0919 20/03/2019 Two males entered a farm in Hammer Lane, Vines Cross, Heathfield, and started helping themselves to old tractor and car batteries that were stored in an outbuilding. The lady of the property sent them packing after making them put them back. The intruders were in a white Peugeot van with a reg number similar to L!59!XA.
0779 21/03/2019 A trailer was stolen from the front drive of a house in Windmill Hill, Hailsham, it was secured by a steel cable, but the intruder/s cut through it. Valued at £400.
0136 22/03/2019 Two motorcycles have been stolen from an outbuilding in Jonas Lane, Wadhurst. We do not have details of make or models of these bikes, they are valued at £25,000.
0145 23/03/2019 Person/s unknown entered a farm in Lower Dicker, Hailsham, broke into an outbuilding and stole3 large and 3 small tractor batteries, valued at £600.
0439 24/03/2019 Intruders entered a farm in Three Cups Corner, Heathfield, and stole a white transit van, on an 08 plate, inside was in excess of £5,000 worth of tools. Total value of theft £8,000.
0702 25/03/2019 Intruders entered a farm in Eridge Road Crowborough and stole 2 diggers and 1 trailer, make and models unknown. Valued at £20,000.
0873 25/03/2019 A 4 berth Swift Challenger sport model 564SRT3D caravan VIN no SGDT3DSWC0884091 has been stolen from a farm in Hankham Hall Road, Hankham. Valued at £10,000.
0303 27/03/2019 The back half of a Transit tipper truck was stolen overnight from premises in London Road Hailsham. Valued at £8,000.

Reported loose animals on the highway this week is 9.
This was made up by 6 Sheep, 2 Goats and 1 Cow.
Please check your boundary hedges and fences every day, this applies more so of late because the ground is so wet, fences push over much easier.

Reported items stolen in the last week include
1 x Petrol disc cutter, 2 x Impact drivers, 1 x Router, 2 x Breakers,
1 x Paddle mixer, 2 x Skill saws, 1 x Masonry drill, 1 x Bosch breaker,
1 x Chop saw, 16 Chainsaws, 7 Hedge cutters, 3 x Long reach cutters,
1 x Quad bike, 3 x Climbing equipment, A large quantity of lead,
1 x Generator and 1 x Pump generator.
The value put on these stolen items amounts to £41,100.
See reports below for detail.

Quads, trailers and tools
These items are expensive and costly to replace and can be protected by
• Securing or immobilising vehicles and equipment when not in use and removing keys from unattended cars, tractors and quad bikes.
• Avoiding leaving machinery in fields, particularly near roads.
• Keeping quad bikes and trailers in your most secure outbuilding; if kept outside put behind locked gates.
• Using ground anchor chains with anchor plates.
• Marking trailers, quad bikes, horseboxes and tools with your postcode or farm name.
• Listing your tools, together with serial numbers, and registering these onwww.immobilise.com
• Fitting a tracker device or immobiliser to your vehicles.

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 11th March 2019 to Sunday 17th March 2019
Area Ref Date Details
Adur & 
Worthing
Nothing reported
Arun 0758 11/03/2019 A farm shop in Littlehampton Road, Angmering Road, Worthing, was entered by a male passenger, white, mid to late 20’s with brown hair, who got out of what is described as a blue VW, Reg number similar to !E04!KG. He helped himself to items from the shop and took them to the checkout where he demanded a refund. This is the second time the same male has done this in this shop.
0791 14/03/2019 A farm in Yapton Road, Bognor Regis, was entered, a container and van were broken into and £5,000 worth of tools were stolen, these include. 1 X petrol disc cutter, 2 x impact drivers, 1 x router, 2 x breakers, 1 x paddle mixer, 2 x skill saws, 1 x masonry drill, 1 x Bosch breaker and 1 x chop saw.
Brighton & Hove 0555 17/03/2019 A group of 6-8 youths were seen riding 4-6 motorcycles next to Bevington Reservoir, they were reported to be taking turns to ride and speeding at 40-50 MPH near to dog walkers and hikers. The informants were concerned for the cows as they were riding round them very closely.
Chichester 0204 12/03/2019 A tractor was hot wired to move it and the trailer connected to it so as to gain access to a shipping container. The container was then forcefully entered an £10,000 worth of tools were stolen. These include,
0783 12/03/2019 A farmer from Newhouse Lane, East Dean, Chichester received a telephone call from a neighbour to say that one of his sheep had been attacked by a dog. Upon visiting the field, he had to shoot the lamb as it was very badly injured and barely alive.
1159 12/03/2019 The barn to a farm in Park Lane, Aldingbourne, Chichester, was forcefully entered a Lancin 3500i generator and a Lancin water pump generator together with cabling that powers both pieces of equipment were all stolen. These items are valued at £1,100.
Crawley Nothing reported
Eastbourne 1206 18/03/2019 HERITAGE Sometime overnight 16th / 17th St. Saviour & St. Peters Church, in South Street, Eastbourne, had a large quantity of lead ripped off and stolen from the of the east end of its roof. Did you see or hear anything, if so please let us know. Repair costs are likely to run into several thousand pounds.
Gatwick Nothing reported
Hastings 0488 12/03/2019 A medium to large white dog was seen in a field chasing sheep, the informant knows that one sheep has been injured but at the time of calling in the dog had chased the sheep out of view.
Horsham 0255 12/03/2019 A large red Honda Quadbike, worth £10,000, was stolen from a locked outbuilding in Lyons Road, Slinfold, Horsham, it was secured to a topper that was left behind.
0194 14/03/2019 A farm in Trout Lane, Brooks Green, Horsham, was entered by intruders who broke into a metal shipping container and stole tools to the value of £5,000. These include 6 x chainsaws, 4 x hedge cutters and 3 sets of climbing equipment.
Lewes 0890 17/03/2019 Four youths were seen to enter a building site in Bishops Lane, Lewes, they then started the engines of various pieces of equipment, then left.
Mid Sussex 0972 14/03/2019 An unsuccessful attempt was made to break into an outbuilding of a farm in Saddlescombe Road, Saddlescombe, Brighton,
Rother 1233 16/03/2019 Whilst workmen were having a 10-minute tea break, on a farm in Frymans Lane, Brede, Rye, intruders in a pick-up truck drove in and stole a petrol driven power washer worth £1,000.
Wealden Nothing reported.

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Seen something suspicious or have information about a crime or incident? Pleasecontact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org


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Sussex Countrywatch Update

Thursday 14th March 2019


Countrywatch Coordinator’s Update
Reported loose animals on the highway this week is 5.
This was made up by 3 Sheep and 2 Cows.
Please check your boundary hedges and fences every day, this applies more so of late because the ground is so wet, fences push over much easier.
Equipment and tool security
Equipment and tool security can be a particular issue for rural businesses and farms.
To keep your belongings safe:
  • lock equipment away in a secure building or part of a building when not in use
  • invest in a secure storage toolbox
  • install a burglar alarm on buildings where equipment is kept
  • always lock vehicles when left outside and keep the keys in your possession
  • keep expensive items and vehicles out of sight when not in use
  • consider using hitch locks, wheel clamps or ground anchors
  • mark your tools and equipment and register them for free with Immobilise
  • keep a record of all valuable items
  • consider fitting outside security lights
For further information on securing your belongings and how to mark your equipment, visit our burglary advice pages or the Secured by Design website click here.

Crime and incident update
Reported items stolen in the last week include3 chainsaws, 2 hedge cutters and up to 2000 Litres of red diesel for tractors.
See reports below for detail.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 04th March 2019 to Sunday 10th March 2019
Area Ref Date Details
Adur & 
Worthing
Nothing reported
Arun 0576 06/03/2019 An old 2M x 2M x 4M oil tank has been stolen from a field entrance in North End Road Yapton. The owner states that due to the weight of it a crane / hoist would have been required to move it.
0432 10/03/2019 WSF&R attended a packing shed fire on a farm in Flansham Lane Bognor Regis.
Brighton & Hove Nothing reported
Chichester 0257 06/03/2019 A tractor shed in Chidham, Chichester has been broken into for the third time recently, nothing was stolen.
1177 06/03/2019 WSF&R attended a barn fire in Britten’s Lane, Eartham, Chichester.
0012 08/03/2019 A steel shipping container on a farm in Tinwood Lane, Halnaker, was forcefully entered, it would seem that the intruders must have realised they had been caught on CCTV so left empty handed.
Crawley Nothing reported
Eastbourne Nothing reported
Gatwick Nothing reported
Hastings A field gate to a farm in Rock Lane Hastings was severely damaged by a truck attempting to smash it down and “Fly Tip” but was unable to get into the field.
Horsham 0843 06/03/2019 A steel shipping container on a farm in Five Oaks Road Horsham has been forcefully entered, 3 chainsaws and 2 hedge cutters were stolen.
Lewes Nothing reported
Mid Sussex Nothing reported
Rother 0247 04/03/2019 A farm on the A21 at Johns Cross, Robertsbridge, was entered and 18 storage containers were forcefully broken into. At this time, we do not have a list of what has been stolen.
0619 06/03/2019 A farm in Sandhurst Lane Bexhill on Sea was entered and up to 2000 Litres of red tractor diesel was stolen.
0355 08/03/2019 An outbuilding on a farm in Ewhurst, Robertsbridge was broken into and three wood burners were stolen.
Wealden 0394 05/03/2019 An unsuccessful attempt to break into a farm hay barn in Bartley Mill Road Wadhurst was made by ramming the doors.
0972 06/03/2019 On three occasions recently intruders have entered the garden of a farm house in Hartfield Road Forest Row and stolen a large quantity of sandstone paving slabs.
1259 07/03/2019 The padlock round a gate has been cut and the gate left open on a farm in Parrock Lane, Upper Hartfield. The informants tell us that this is the 10th time this winter that it has happened.

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 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101, quoting the reference number provided.

 

Sussex Countrywatch reported incidents

7 MARCH 2019

Reported loose animals on the highway this week is 3.
This is made up by 2 Alpaca’s and 1 Cow.
Please check your boundary hedges and fences every day, this applies more so of late because the ground is so wet, fences push over much easier.

Reported items stolen in the last week include
1 x Generator, 3 x Disc cutters, 1 x Wacker plate, 3 x Petrol cans,
1 x Laser level, 1 x Tripod legs, 20 pairs of Gloves, 1 x Water cooler,
1 x Coat, 1 x Motorcycle, 1 x Chainsaw, 1 x HD Battery charger,
1 x Cut off saw, 1 x Heater, 1 x Welder and gas bottle,
1 x Impact driver, 1 x Battery and 1 x Caravan.
See reports below for detail.

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 25th February 2019 to Sunday 03rd March 2019  
Area Ref Date Details
Adur & 
Worthing
Nothing reported
Arun 0413 27/02/2019 2 males were spotted with metal detectors and spades digging holes and searching for metal objects without permission on private land in Slindon area.
0145 01/03/2019 2 males were seen in the Patching area with a Lurcher, the informant believes that they were poaching.
0344 01/03/2019 Premises in New Barn Lane, Bognor Regis, were forcefully entered and 1 x KVA Generator, 2 x 12” Stihl petrol disc cutters, 1 x Wacker plate, 3 x petrol cans, 1 x Laser level tripod legs, 20 packs of gloves, 1 x Water cooler and 1 x Coat.
Brighton & Hove 0549 26/02/2019 Three males with three Lurchers were seen illegally hare coursing on private farm land north of Rottingdean.
Chichester 0449 25/02/2019 Intruders in vehicles entered a farm in Appledram Lane, South Chichester and drove round and round a field of wheat. This has caused extensive damage and the cost repairing it is around £2500.00.
0849 25/02/2019 A barn in Cooks Pond Road, Milland, Liphook was forcefully entered and a 1996 off road motorcycle was stolen. At this time, the make and model is not available.
Crawley Nothing reported
Eastbourne Nothing reported
Gatwick Nothing reported
Hastings Nothing reported
Horsham 0709 25/02/2019 A male walked across a field and into a farm in Upper Beeding, he then picked up a Huskava disc cutter and a spare blade and left the premises. Images of the offence were caught by a nearby camera. Enquiries are ongoing.
1457 27/02/2019 Two quad bikes were seen being ridden across farmland in the Rudgewick area of Horsham without the land owner’s permission.
0320 02/03/2019 A female with two dogs was seen in a field off Coolham Road, Pulborough. The dogs were attacking the sheep and the owner was having difficulty in catching them. The dogs were caught, and the situation is being dealt with by a community resolution.
0676 02/03/2019 Another farmer in the Rudgewick area of Horsham had three Quadbikes and a 4×4 driving around their fields last night.
Lewes Nothing reported
Mid Sussex Nothing reported
Rother 0177 28/02/2019 ESF&R attended a farm fire in Netherfield were woods were alight.
0422 01/03/2019  CCTV captured 2 males breaking into a farmhouse in Peter James Lane Fairlight, the intruders then broke into a barn and stole various tools and equipment, these include 1 x Mitox chainsaw, 1 x 12/24v battery charger, 1 x cut off saw, 1 x Fireball heater, 1 x welder and gas bottle, 1 x Impact driver and 1 x new battery. Value of items £1019-46
0327 03/03/2019 A concerned farmer was forced to shoot two dogs that killed sheep in Fairlight.
The two Alsatians, whose owner was not present, entered a field in Fairlight, near Hastings on Sunday morning (March 3) and killed 12 sheep.
Sergeant Tom Carter said: “The farmer reluctantly had to shoot the two dogs after they caused fatalities of a number of sheep.
“We urge people to keep their dogs on a lead while they are walking in rural areas and around livestock. So often in these incidents the owners are horrified by what their dogs have done, but they have to accept that even the most docile of pets can quickly turn into a killer given the opportunity.
“We invariably see a rise in sheep-worrying incidents as Spring and Summer approaches as more dog owners head for the countryside to exercise their pets.
“A farmer can legally shoot a dog that is chasing livestock and seek compensation from the person responsible for the animal, so please don’t take the risk.”
The owner of the dogs has been identified and spoken to by police. The incident remains under investigation and police would like to hear from anyone who witnessed the incident or has any information to report online or call 101 quoting 327 of 03/03.
Wealden 1274 27/02/2019 A caravan was stolen from a farm in the Waldron area of Heathfield. The car used to tow the caravan grounded up the road and intruders absconded. The number plates on the car were stolen a few days earlier. The good news is that the owner of the caravan got it back.
0708 02/03/2019 A sheep owner from Gun Hill Hellingly found one of their sheep so badly mauled by a dog that it had to be put down.

Sussex Countrywatch reported incidents

13 JANUARY 2019

Reported loose animals on the highway this week is 39
This is made up by 25 Sheep, and 14 Horses.
Please check your boundary hedges and fences every day.

Reported items stolen in the last week include
1 Wacker plate, 1 Laser level, 1 Breaker, 1 Radio, 12 Propane bottles,
1 Trailer, 21 Caravan batteries, a large quantity of lead flashing,
100 Litres of red diesel, 1 Ford Ranger, 1 Land Rover and 1 Grabber. xxx

 


Four industrial sized fly-tips have been deposited across Chichester and Arun Districts. The four piles of waste totalling an estimated 80 tons. Each pile is around 3 metres across by 10 metres long and around 2 metres high and have been dumped on private land leaving landowners facing thousands of pounds of clear up costs.
Officers from the Environment Agency and Sussex Police are working together to investigate these incidents and would like anyone with any information to come forward and tell us.
It is believed that a large heavy goods vehicle has been used to deposit the waste which is made up of partly processed commercial and household rubbish.
The four piles have been left on private land between the 19th November and the 11thDecember.
Land owners along Eartham Road, Blackmill Lane, Thicket Lane and Eastergate Lane have all been victims of industrial fly-tipping.
If anyone has any information which may assist with our investigation please e-mail101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call on 101 quoting reference 885 13/12/2018.

9 December 2018

Sussex Countrywatch foreword:

It has been brought to my attention that last week’s newsletter did not go out as intended. I have to apologise for this and admit that it was a case of user error. I have attached the PDF from last week to this newsletter.

Last weekend I had the pleasure of attending the annual wildlife crime enforcer’s conference. There were many subjects discussed from badger persecution to raptors being poisoned and bat roosts being demolished however there was one word which kept recurring – cyber-crime.

With more things being automated and connected to networks to increase efficiency there is a higher risk of becoming a victim of a cyber-attack. In the wildlife world the cyber threat comes from what is known as cyber enabled crime; an existing crime which is now perpetrated via the Internet. This could be buying and selling endangered species over the Internet without the correct permits and licences or filming hare coursing and livestreaming it via a mobile phone for others many miles away to bet on.

On the other side of the spectrum is cyber-dependant crime; these are crimes which can only be committed through the use of a computer such as hacking to steal data, malware and ransomware etc. There is a potential threat from this side of the coin to rural businesses.

With rural businesses and farms turning to technology to increase efficiency and automate previously resource intensive areas of business there is a risk that if a network is not securely protected a cyber-criminal can distribute ransomware and shut down the networked systems and machines until a sum of money is paid to regain control. Cyber-attacks can interfere with deliveries and collections and put both animal welfare and business and risk.

In small businesses where often the business computer and the personal computer and one and the same there has been cases of businesses losing both company data and personal information such as family photographs.

Luckily in the UK we have dedicated teams of experts working to counteract the threat from cyber-crime. They have produced guides for small businesses to help protect you from attack. The National Cyber Security Centre has also created Cyber Essentials; by working through the checklist and verification procedure the Cyber Essentials mark shows a commitment to cyber security. Some Government departments now will not offer contracts to companies who have not gone through the Cyber Essentials accreditation.

By looking for the Cyber Essentials brand as either a consumer or business looking for a new supplier you know that your data is as safe as it can be.
Please keep anti-virus software up to date and install computer, mobile phone and tablet updates as soon as they become available. Consider using a VPN (Virtual Private Network) to protect your data. Be very careful when using public wi-fi networks and make sure that you use strong passwords for your systems.

If you are a business or organisation please consider joining the CiSP (Cyber Information Sharing Platform). There is a group within this system which has recently been created to raise cyber awareness within rural businesses. This system is only open to businesses and organisations unfortunately, if you are wishing to join as a new organisation please sign-up on the link below. Please place myself as your sponsor and drop me an e-mail to let me know that you wish to join. Once you have an account search for the Rural Cyber Awareness group via the search bar and ask to join and I will do the rest.

For more information please see the below links:
National Cyber Security Centre – https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/
Cyber Security: Small Business Guide: https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/smallbusiness
Cyber Security: Small Charity Guide: https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/charity
Cyber Essentials: https://www.cyberessentials.ncsc.gov.uk/
CiSP – https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/cisp
My details for sponsorship on CiSP.
Sgt Tom Carter
tom.carter@sussex .pnn.police.uk

What’s been happening?
As you can see on the attached PDF’s there has been a significant amount of machinery stolen over the past couple of weeks. You will also see that an item was stolen that was fitted with a tracker. This has been successfully recovered and highlights the benefits of security devices.

We have also a seen a number of incidents of vehicles driving around crop fields. This has either been poaching or in another case near Devils Dyke just someone recklessly driving around a field in a 4×4 causing significant damage to the crop. Please keep an eye out for anything like this and report it to the Police. If you can safely get a registration number please do as this helps immensely.

Help us keep Sussex Safe
As the eyes and ears of our rural community, if you have any information about an incident in this message please contact us online or call 101, quoting the reference number provided.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 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 or call101.
Adur and Worthing: adurandworthing@sussex.pnn.police.uk
Arunarun@sussex.pnn.police.uk
Brighton and Hove: brightonandhove@sussex.pnn.police.uk
Chichester: chichester@sussex.pnn.police.uk
Crawley: crawley@sussex.pnn.police.uk
Eastbourne: eastbourne@sussex.pnn.police.uk
Hastings: hastings@sussex.pnn.police.uk
Horsham: horsham@sussex.pnn.police.uk
Lewes: lewes@sussex.pnn.police.uk
Mid Sussex: midsussex@sussex.pnn.police.uk
Rotherrother@sussex.pnn.police.uk
Wealdenwealden@sussex.pnn.police.uk

26 November 2018

Sussex Countrywatch foreword:

Last week saw the thefts from rural villages of silhouette statues which had been put up in support of Remembrance Day. The scrap value of the aluminium and plastic “Silent Soldiers” is very low however the impact these thefts has had on the communities which have been the victim of these thefts has been high.
Please see the Sussex Police press release here –https://bit.ly/2Bxj0jf

Quad bikes, car batteries and vehicle parts have either been stolen or attempts made to steal them. Thieves will go to extraordinary lengths to steal items and although locking property away will deter the opportunists the more determined criminals will find their way around locks and gates.

Property marking, security lighting, cameras, physical barriers and signage when used together with locks and gates offers a more comprehensive solution.

Ditches around fields and properties with earth bunds stops criminals being able drive onto property and fields. Creating single gates access points eases targeted security lighting and cameras and acts as a deterrent.
Effective property marking using either physical marks or forensic marking along with signs makes your property harder for criminals to sell and therefore less attractive.
Defensive planting using thorny bushes such as pyracantha, holly or barberry can be very effective at keeping thieves away from fuel tanks and buildings.
Sussex Police advise that large and small vehicles and tools should be marked with CESAR scheme marking. Find out more here – https://www.cesarscheme.org/.

Although some of these methods seem medieval it can be a case of “if it isn’t broken then don’t fix it”. Mixing old methods with new technology can help foil even the most determined criminals.

For more information about any of the above please use the reply button at the bottom of the e-mail.

What’s been happening?

As per last week please find the table below and the full update on the attached PDF

Monday 12th November 2018 to Sunday 18th November 2018

Area

Ref

Date

Details

Adur &

Worthing

Nothing reported

Arun

0718

17/11/2018

HERITAGE A member of the public observed two youths outside St Mary’s church in Vicarage Lane, East Preston, Littlehampton, with a candle stand that they had stolen from the church. He shouted at them and they dropped the stand and ran off. On entering the church, the witness noticed that a large, shelf above a radiator, had been removed along with an offertory box. Do you know who these youths are.

Brighton & Hove

Nothing reported

Chichester

1457

14/11/2018

HERITAGE Two “Tommy Silhouettes”, the property of Westbourne Parish Council, have been stolen from Westbourne. These figures represent those that gave their lives for us, and in recognition of the bravery of those who fell on both WW1 & WW2. One figure was of a sailor and the other a soldier.  Do you have any information on this.
0365

15/11/2018

A metallic blue, Land Rover Defender 110 TDI County, with a white roof and a roof rack has been stolen from Aldsworth Emsworth. The VIM is SALLDBMF7HA901818.

Crawley

Nothing reported

Eastbourne

Nothing reported

Gatwick

Nothing reported

Hastings

Nothing reported

Horsham

0543

13/11/2018

 The gates to a railway crossing in Faygate have been removed and fences smashed by intruders. The intruders then crossed the railway line and vandalised and electric fence and stole the energiser and battery.

Lewes

0424

18/11/2018

At least 4 men with dogs were reported Hare Coursing on a farm in Rodmell Lewes.

Mid Sussex

0062

15/11/2018

A farm in Ockley Lane Burgess Hill has been experiencing problems with a white Transit van, with a tipping body entering the farm and the occupants stealing various items, these include 35 bags of cable, the gearbox / axles and drive gear to an Oliver Crawler Tractor, 10 vehicle batteries, 10 switching devices and the rear wheel to a Smart car.

0702

15/11/2018

A white van with a ladder on the roof and 3 males in their twenties was seen joy riding round a field off Brighton Road, Bolney. This is not the first time it has happened.

Rother

1511

12/11/2018

A land owner from Ticehurst Road Etchingham arrived home to see his Cameo coloured Yamaha Grizzly quad bike being driven away towards the A21

0276

13/11/2018

Intruders entered farm premises in Freeman’s Lane, Brede, and attempted to steel a 4 x 4 vehicle, they had to abandon the theft as it vehicle got stuck in the mud.

0149

20/11/2018

A shipping container on a farm in Stoddard’s Lane Beckley, Rye, was entered and a container was forcefully entered and a green Yamaha Grizzly 700cc quad bike was stolen

Wealden

Nothing reported

 


20 November 2018

This week the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne joined the Police, the Environment Agency and the Angling Trust Voluntary Bailiffs on patrols of two fisheries in East Sussex. Katy has prepared the below for this newsletter:

Unlicensed anglers; invasive foreign species and international organised crime were the subject of my rural crime patrol this weekend with Sergeant Tom Carter, with colleagues from the Environment Agency and volunteers from the Angling Trust Volunteer bailiff scheme.

Tom is Sussex Police’s Operational Lead for Rural, Wildlife, Heritage and Environmental Crime and is the national lead for poaching prevention.

Our morning patrol started with a briefing at Battle Police Station with PCSO Daryl Holter; Sgt Tom Carter, Charles Bacchus, Basil Dean from the Environment Agency and David Pennington and Colin Stirling from the SE Region Angling Trust Voluntary Bailiff Scheme.

Collaboration, awareness and education are key to environmental protection and wildlife preservation, but enforcement is also necessary.

Ensuring that anglers are licensed and acting responsibly is at one end of the spectrum, with multi-million pound smuggling of rare and endangered species at the other.

I learnt that an appetite for elvers in Asia- and English ones in particular- was leading to gangs dredging waterways here and in other European countries and passing them off as English.

Criminal and irresponsible behaviour is threatening to bring invasive, non-native species into the UK and wipe out endangered indigenous species.

Whilst deer poaching has risen, the availability of farmed venison has lowered prices, meaning that callous poachers are taking only the most valuable part of the carcass, often after maiming deer at night.

Having just this week observed some large fresh water mussels in ponds near me, I heard that some can grow as big as dinner plates, and that we should report any sightings of zebra mussels which can overtake our native species and block up waterways.

When we spoke to anglers at Wylands in Battle and Brickfarm Lakes in Herstmonceux, it was clear that they supported the education and enforcement approach to ensure responsible and sustainable use of our water systems.

Local businesses and residents also shared their concerns about other aspects of rural crime, including fly tipping and speeding and anti-social behaviour and low level crime.

I assured them that we will be meeting with communities around Battle to discuss their concerns in forthcoming focus groups, but I was also able to give them the great news that I have secured £890k from the Home Office Early Intervention Youth Fund to support targeted work with children and young people who may be being drawn into crime for the first time or on to more serious crime.

Katy Bourne
Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner

 

Monday 05th November 2018 to Sunday 11th November 2018
Area Ref Date Details
Adur &

Worthing

0514 08/11/2018 A lorry driver witnessed a dog attacking sheep in a field off Steyning Road Shoreham by Sea. The dog is described as being like a Collie cross. The witness says he has chased the dog off twice. When Police arrived, the dog had been removed by its owner and gone. Two sheep were found trapped in electric fencing and released by police, fortunately it was switched off. No sheep were injured.
Arun Nothing reported
Brighton & Hove Nothing reported
Chichester 1400 06/11/2018 A member of the public called in after witnessing people in a field off Hoe Lane Chichester, the witness believed that they were Hare coursing.
Crawley Nothing reported
Eastbourne Nothing reported
Gatwick Nothing reported
Hastings Nothing reported
Horsham 0207 06/10/2018 A farm in Crawley Road Faygate, Horsham was broken into and a shipping container was forcefully entered, various items were stolen, these include 1 x paintball gun, 2 x wheelbarrows. A garage was also broken into and power tools, chainsaws and strimmers were taken.
0263 08/11/2018 A member of the public was walking his dog in woods in the Billingshurst when he came across a lone calf lying down. As he had the dog with him, he did not go too close. The calf is described as reddish brown in colour. Have you lost one.
0803 11/11/2018 A farm in Trout Lane, Brooks Green, Horsham was entered, and a shipping container was forcefully entered. Many items were stolen, these include 7 x chainsaws, 1 x hedge cutter and 1 x leaf blower.
Lewes Nothing reported
Mid Sussex 0656 05/11/2018 A single axled ATV trailer and a red Honda quadbike, chassis number 278TE22U744502859 and engine number TE22E8863333 has been stolen from an outbuilding in Imberhorne Lane East Grinstead.
0944 05/11/2018 Premises in Cansiron Lane East Grinstead were entered, and a quantity of armoured copper cable was stolen.
Rother 0768 05/11/2018 An outbuilding to premises in Mountfield, Robertsbridge, was entered and an orange coloured wood chipper, worth £6,000.00 was stolen.
0673 09/11/2018 HERITAGE. St Barnabas Church in Sea Road, Bexhill on Sea has had 2 stained glass windows broken. The cost of repairs is likely to be very high. Did you see or hear anything.
0378 11/11/2018 A green Land Rover 110 has been stolen from the driveway of a property in Hooe Battle.
Wealden 0839 09/11/2018 An opportunist burglary took place in Colman’s Hatch, Hartfield, whilst the gardener was going about his business two white males, said to be in their 20’s were seen running away from the garage of the property. It was soon realised that they had taken 2 Stihl chain saws, one was a model MS200 and the other a 441. Always shut and lock garages or sheds when you are not in them.

 


Taken from Sussex Police Twitter:   15 November 2018  

C Dudley and PCSO Whitaker were out this afternoon helping to herd sheep  after we received a number of reports of lose sheep in Ersham Road.

It seems PCSO Whitaker has a special hidden talent! 🐑  

 

 

Sussex Countrywatch Newsletter

Alert message sent 29/10/2018 15:00:00

Information sent on behalf of Sussex Police

 

Monday 29th October 2018
Sussex Countrywatch foreword:

This week our foreword is provided byJames Osman, NFU County Adviser for Sussex:

As farmers look after around 75% of the countryside, they are one of the most frequently affected when it comes to criminal activity in rural areas.  For those of you who don’t know, the NFU is the largest trade association representing farmers across England and Wales, and we also have strong links with the NFU Mutual, who are rural insurers. Therefore we have been involved in the fight against rural crime and can offer a lot of experience and expertise to our farmer members, but also the Countrywatch partnership, which we are delighted to be involved in. Farmers operate their businesses over large expanses of land, so they can’t be everywhere at once, and we rely on people in the countryside to be our ‘eyes and ears’. That’s why Countrywatch is so important as a tool to tackle rural crime. We experience most things on farm land, from petty theft and nuisance crimes, to large scale organised crime, so we all have a role in doing our bit and helping Sussex Police. The top three issues which we experience on farms tend to be:

Hare Coursing

Livestock worrying

Theft of plant and machinery

There is a lot more we can all do to tackle these and other issues in the countryside, so I do hope the Countywatch scheme proves to be successful and we will certainly be doing our bit.

For more information about the NFU and their work follow this link – https://www.nfuonline.com/home/.

Click here for NFU Mutual – https://www.nfumutual.co.uk/.

To find out more about James please follow him on Twitter @NFUSussex_IoW – https://twitter.com/NFUSussex_IoW.

What’s been happening?

I have had requests to reinstate the crime table that previously was circulated on the Farmwatch e-mails. I have added the crime table as an attachment to this newsletter so if you would like the comprehensive breakdown of what has happened by area please have a look. Let me know whether this is useful.

Please contact me if you have any thoughts on the content of this newsletter as I really want this to be useful.

We have seen a mix of incidents over the past week however the consistent has been theft of tools and equipment. Please keep a record of any serial numbers of your tools and register your property on www.immobilise.com or similar property registers. This enables the Police to re-unite your tools in the event they are located. Some second hand shops check tools against the stolen property register and will notify the Police if someone tries to trade stolen property.

Please contact me via the reply button at the bottom to find out more about secure property marking.

Battle Abbey suffered a theft from their Battle of Hastings event with 1000 model soldiers being stolen from the 1066 Wargames Club display. These are reasonably unique items and are all plastic and glued to display boards in groups of four. The soldiers are painted as Saxon and Norman warriors.

Evidence of Hare Coursing has been seen over two consecutive nights in Arundel. Keep your eyes peeled and report sightings or suspicious activity. Hare coursers regularly drive over fields and crops causing damage to the fields.

Help us keep Sussex Safe

As the eyes and ears of our rural community, if you have any information about an incident in this message please contact us online or call 101, quoting the reference number provided.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 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 or call 101.


 

 Reported loose animals on the highway this week.

19 made up by Sheep 14 and 5 Horses.

Thefts this week include 1 x motor mower, 2 x chainsaws, 1 x leaf blower, 1 x hedge cutter, 1 x strimmer, 1 x bicycle, 2 x Land Rover Defenders, 1 x putty knife, 4 x quadbikes, several items of silver and 1000 miniature soldiers. See below for details.

 

Monday 15th October 2018 to Sunday 21st October 2018
Area Ref Date Details
Adur &

Worthing

Nothing reported
Arun 0157 19/10/2018 Evidence of Hare coursing were found on farm land in Chichester Road Arundel. Person/s unknown drove round and though crops, destroying them. and leaving tyre marks. Several dead hares were also found. This offence occurred on two consecutive nights.
Brighton & Hove 1072 16/10/201 ESF&R attended and extinguished a fire close to a barn in Hollingbury and Burstead Woods.
Chichester 0922 15/10/2018 A farmer was driving his tractor close to Hares Lane and Main Road Racton, when a ball bearing was shot through the side window. In the process the driver received a cut to his hand. Did you see this, or do you have any information.
0239 16/10/2018 Overnight a white Land Rover Defender, on an M plate, was stolen from a farm in Leggatt Hill Petworth. An outbuilding was also forcefully entered, and a set of bolt cutters were also stolen.
Crawley Nothing reported
Eastbourne Nothing reported
Gatwick Nothing reported
Hastings Nothing reported
Horsham 0522 17/10/2018 WSF&R attended a fire in a grain dryer on a farm in Stane Street Pulborough.
Lewes 0975 18/10/2018 An off-duty police officer disturbed 4 white males in their twenties attempting to break into his friend’s farm In Barcombe Mills Road Lewes. They sped off in a 53 plate, beige, Citron, Xsara Picasso. Enquiries are ongoing.
1188 18/10/2018 The same vehicle entered a farm in Neaves Lane Ringmer some 2 ½ hours later, realising that they had been seen they turned around and drove out but looking around at what was there.
0619 20/10/2018 ESF&R attended to a fire to an electric pole on a farm in Cinder Hill Lewes.
Mid Sussex 0111 18/10/2018 HERITAGE Wooden huts on site of Worth Abbey were forcefully entered and damage was caused to fixtures and fittings, a fire was lit on the living room floor. The intruder/s then defecated in the corner of the living room and on the exterior patio.
Rother 0011 16/10/2018 A resident from Hog Hill Winchelsea heard banging sounds and went to the upstairs of his property, he then observed a powerful light beam shining from a car into a tree outside his house, he then heard two sharp cracks about 5 seconds apart, he then observed a pheasant fly from the tree.
0596 16/10/2018 HERITAGE As part of the Battle of Hastings event the 1066 Wargames Club had a display at Battle Abbey over two days. Overnight on Saturday 13th October the armies were packed away. On the morning of 14th October it was discovered the 1000 model soldiers had been stolen. If you are offered any of have any information that could help in getting them back please contact Sussex Police on the non-emergency number, 101.
0317 18/10/2018 A member of the public called in to say they could see a dog chasing sheep on a farm in New Road Sedlescombe and that one was dead. Police arrived and caught the dog. The owner has been identified.
0343 21/10/2018 Overnight a farmhouse in Staplecross, Robertsbridge was broken into, all the draws were turned out and silver items were stolen.
0992 21/10/2018 A barn in Westbrook Lane, Westfield, has been forcefully entered and several items were stolen from it including, 2 x Yamaha quadbikes, 1 X Stihl chainsaw, 1 x Putty Knife.
Wealden 0184 16/10/2018 An outbuilding in Colemans Hatch Hartfield was broken into and several items were stolen from it including 1 x blue and white Yamaha quadbike, 1 x white and red Yamaha quadbike, 1 x Hayter motor mower, 1 x Stihl chainsaw, 1 x Stihl leaf blower, 1 x Stihl hedge cutter, 1 x Stihl strimmer and Carrera Subway Bicycle.
1800078309 23/10/2018  CCTV at Wadhurst railway station captured intruders stealing a green 4 doored Land Rover Defender 110 with a canvas covered rear. Its registration number is similar to !L07 AV! If you see this vehicle, please call Sussex Police on 101 and quote the British Transport Police Reference 1800078309