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Sussex Country Watch Newsletter

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Sussex Country Watch Newsletter

Firstly, I must apologise for the quality of the content of the messages below, this is due to me not having the usual access to crime reports as I am having to work away from the office. It is hoped that normal service will resume soon.

Reported loose animals on the highway this week is 3.
This was made up by 2 Sheep and 1 Cow.

Please check your boundary hedges and fences to include, especially those that border Highways and Railways at least once every day.

Crime and incident update
If you have any evidence, no matter how small, on any of the crimes listed below, please call it in on the non-emergency number 101 and quote the reference number and date as given to the left of the report, of for that matter any other crime.

I find it quite strange that people contact me asking if I will include such and such in my report. When I contact them and ask “have you reported this to the police, and if so, will they let me have the crime reference number” they make all kinds of excuse, and I never hear from them again.

We are still receiving many calls each week concerning Poaching and/or Hare Coursing, far too many to report on without getting boring, anyone who suspects illegal poaching or hare coursing is taking place, please call Sussex Police on 101 or 999 in an emergency, i.e. poaching or hare coursing is occurring in front of you there and then.


With good weather forecast and no major international football matches, we ask you to be alert to signs that may indicate another rave planned in our County. Sussex Police have received some reports of locks being cut from gates in the Cissbury Ring area of the South Downs in West Sussex. Please do make early reports of any similar incidents anywhere in Sussex, not only is it Criminal Damage but can also be an early indicator of other planned illicit activities including raves and rural or wildlife crime.
Keep an eye out for cut fences, pedestrians trespassing and clearly not equipped for a country walk, sometimes in large numbers, cars seemingly lost or left in yards or lanes and trying to access a remote location, large numbers of cars and vans parking in locations not usually used.
Please consider taking precautionary measures and block vehicle access to vulnerable fields and land. Stopping access for large sound speakers and noise making equipment can dissuade rave organisers. Put a heavy difficult to move object in the gateway such as a telegraph pole or felled tree trunk.
Please do report promptly to police if you become aware of unusual levels of potential rave activity, this provides the opportunity for early police enquiries and potentially stopping a problem before it develops.
If you think a rave is setting up or has started report to the Police on 999 with as exact location as possible. Consider using What3Words to give the 3-word address so that the emergency services can reach you quickly.
Use 101, or the Sussex Police website to report any non-emergency incidents or information about any potential future raves. Like with 999 please use as exact a location as possible and again a What 3 Words location is ideal.

Monday 12th July 2021 to Sunday 18th July 2021

Adur &
Nothing reported
Nothing reported

Brighton & Hove
HERITAGE Criminal Damage, Preston Manor, Brighton, graffiti reported in and around the Manor grounds.

A Beehive has been stolen from premises in Rantham Lane, Bosham, Chichester.

Nothing reported
Nothing reported
Nothing reported
HERITAGE The stonework walls of St Mary in the Castle in Hastings is experiencing repeated damage caused by fires being lit in the grounds. The cost of repairs is going to run into thousands of pounds. CCTV has now been installed.

A farmhouse in Blakes Farm Road Southwater has been broken into and a quantity of copper piping has been stolen.

Nothing reported

Mid Sussex
A farm in Holtye Road, East Grinstead, has had its entrance gates damaged.

A barn on a farm in West Hoathly has been entered and a vehicle parked in it was broken into. Various items were stolen including a chainsaw, 2 x air rifles, a wallet and £80.00 cash.

Nothing reported

HERITAGE St John Church in Polegate has suffered further damage to windows on 4th July

An unsuccessful attempt was made to steal a digger from a farm in Hartfield Road Cowden.

A property in Punnetts Town, Heathfield, was entered by jumping the fence, 3 bags of metal were stolen.

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 Crime stoppers, 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

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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