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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 include

3 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 &
    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 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.
Adur and Worthing:
Brighton and Hove:
Mid Sussex:

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