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Farm Watch Bulletin 07 November 2017

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Information sent on behalf of Sussex Police

Thursday, 07 December 2017

Farm Watch Coordinator's Update

There were twenty reports of animals loose on the highway this week; this was made up entirely by horses.

One of the animals was hit by a car but following a check by the vet was given the all clear. I ask horse owners in particular this week to take extra care in ensuring that your animals are kept secure. Continue to check roadside hedges and fences daily, including those where a railway line passes by.

Small hand tools seem to be at the top of the list of items stolen this week. Please remember to make a note of the serial numbers as well as the make and model of any power tools. This will give police a better chance of reuniting them with you if they are recovered. There has also been a rise in the number of reports of thefts of mules or farm buggies as they are often called. If you do have one, keep it hemmed in and disable it overnight.

Lastly, I would like to thank the many of you who congratulated me on my recent police commendation for my work in running Farm Watch.

Kindest regards

Crime and incident update

Monday 28 November 2017 to Sunday 03 December 2017





Adur & Worthing



Nothing reported




A farm in Yapton Road, Climping, Littlehampton, was entered by cutting the lock to the front gate. The intruders then entered the yard, disabled the security system and broke the lock off a steel container. Many items were stolen including a white Ford Transit pickup truck with a registration number like MK1!!JZ, a 1.5 tonne digger, an Ifor Williams trailer, 2 x Stihl disc cutters serial numbers 180435209 & 180759902, 2 x hydraulic breakers and a wacker plate.

Brighton & Hove



Nothing reported.




Land in Vinnetrow Road, Chichester, was entered, and an outbuilding was broken into by opening the lock. 2 x Stihl petrol leaf blowers and a set of ear muffs were stolen.



Sheep kept in a field in East Harting, Petersfield, have been the victim of a dog attack. Two sheep were severely attacked and a third is missing completely.




Nothing reported




Nothing reported




Nothing reported




Nothing reported




West Sussex Fire & Rescue attended a barn fire with four appliances on a farm in Deer Park, Henfield. Hay bales were destroyed along with a BMW that was stored in the building.




A barn off Sharpsbridge Lane, Newick, was broken into and a Kawasaki Mule was stolen.

Mid Sussex



Intruders were caught on CCTV in a farm yard in Copthorne Road, Crawley. Nothing is reported stolen.



A 12’ Rappa Super Yard trailer, serial number 491, that had sheep handling equipment on it, has been stolen from a locked field in Brighton Road, Hassocks.



Heritage The Church of St John the Baptists in Underhill Lane, Hassocks, has been entered and the keyboard has been removed and stolen from the organ. The church is normally open to the public during daylight hours. The organ was last used on Sunday, 26 November and the theft was only discovered today when the organist went to play it. The organ is very old and it is likely to cost thousands of pounds to replace.




A land owner from Kings Hill, Etchingham, spotted an intruder trying to break into an outbuilding. The intruder made off in a silver T registered Saab convertible.



Farm buildings in Witherenden Hill, Etchingham, were broken into overnight and a small quantity of electric fence posts were stolen.



A unit on a farm in Bodium was broken into overnight. The intruders moved a stainless-steel washing machine then forced open a till and stole an unknown sum of cash.



Two grain stores on farm land in Ewhurst Green, Robertsbridge, were broken into overnight along with a house that is under construction. A large quantity of tools was stolen.



A farm in Battle Road, Robertsbridge, was broken into and a chainsaw and a leaf blower were stolen



An outbuilding to a property in Robertsbridge was broken into overnight and a red Alko sit-on lawnmower was stolen.



A barn on a farm in Church Street, Ticehurst, was broken into and all the horse tack was stolen. This included five saddles and stirrups, one was a brown Stubben, bridles & numnahs.  A green Ifor Williams HB505 horse trailer, serial number 257643 was also stolen.



A yard in Wardbrook Road, Ticehurst, was entered. Nothing was stolen.




A farm in Street End Lane, Broad Oak, Heathfield, was entered by a vehicle smashing through the gate that then went across two fields. An attempt was made to gain entry to an outbuilding. Nothing was stolen.



East Sussex Fire & Rescue attended a farm fire in Framfield, Uckfield



A farm in Buckhurst Lane, Wadhurst, had a quad bike stolen, make and model unknown at this time.

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
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 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101.

Adur and Worthing: adurandworthing@sussex.pnn.police.uk

Arun: arun@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

Rother: rother@sussex.pnn.police.uk

Wealden: wealden@sussex.pnn.police.uk

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