Farm Watch Bulletin 21 December 2017

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Thursday, 21 December 2017

Farm Watch Coordinator's Update

Firstly, on behalf of Sussex Police, I would like to wish you all a safe and Happy Christmas and New Year. While many of you working and living in farming and rural areas will be working over the festive period, I hope you manage to enjoy some time with those close to you.  

This week there were 12 reported cases of loose animals on the highway. This number was made up of eight horses and four cows. Please continue to check your roadside hedges and fences daily, including those where a railway line passes.

In recent weeks I have spoken to several people who have had their Land Rovers stolen. In two of these cases the vehicles were parked directly in front of the victim’s houses. In one case in particular, the stolen vehicle had a number of security and anti-theft devices attached that it is believed thieves disabled the handbrake cable and used an electric winch to be pulled onto a trailer. With Land Rovers still popular amongst thieves you may wish to consider blocking them in with other vehicles when parking them up overnight. 

Some good news this week when police located and returned a lead statue of a shepherd boy to Nymans National Trust property near Hand Cross. Missing for more than a year, it has been returned to the National Trust after it was found in a horse trailer.

Kindest regards 
Crime and incident update

Monday 11 December 2017 to Sunday 17 December 2017





Adur & Worthing



A 3.5 tonne recovery trailer with a built-in winch that had a silver Citroen C2 on it was stolen from Cromleigh Way, Southwick.




Nothing reported

Brighton & Hove



HERITAGE The 12th century church of St Nicholas & St Andrew in South Street, Portslade, has been the victim of vandalism. The window to the north side of the church has been severely damaged, some small panes have been broken within the leaded window which is formed of small diamond glass panels within the frame. The glass part of the window is bent inwards consistent with having been hit by something. The costs of repair are likely to be very high.   




Four sheep on a farm in Donnington, Chichester, have been attacked and injured by what looks like a dog.




Nothing reported




Nothing reported




Nothing reported




Nothing reported




Nothing reported




Nothing reported

Mid Sussex



A black Kawasaki KVF 300 quadbike, serial number RGSVF300CCB110154, has been stolen from a farm in Crawley Lane, Balcombe.



Two sheep were severely injured in a dog attack on a farm in Birch Grove Road, Horsted Keynes. Subsequently one of the sheep had to be put down.  




The garage to a farm house in Netherfield was broken into. A torch is missing along with attachments to a brush cutter and two sets of spanners.




Reports were received of suspected deer poaching on the Ashdown Forest.



A quantity of fuel oil has been stolen from a tank in Howbourne Lane, Buxted, this is the third theft from this property.

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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 or call 101, quoting the reference number provided.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at
Wildlife Officers can be contacted via local email addresses

Please only contact your local Wildlife Officers for any general enquiries or questions, not to report a crime. Report all crimes and incidents to Sussex Police online, email us at or call 101.

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