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26th February 2020
Sussex Country Watch Newsletter
Reported loose animals on the highway this week is 43.
This is made up by 33 Sheep and 10 Horses.
With the ground being so wet and the shortage of grazing it is vital that you check your boundary hedges and fences several times each day as fences are much easier to push over.

Crime and incident update
 Reported items stolen/damaged in the last week include
5 x Chainsaws, 1 x Blower, 1 x Wheelbarrow, 1 x Bronze Statute, 1 x Hosepipe,
1 x Copper roof, quantity of Red Diesel, Numerous Power tools,
1 x Land Rover Freelander, Damage to house, 1 x TV, 1 x Trailer,
1 x Ford Truck and a quantity of hand and power tools.
Value of stolen goods including damage £79,020.00.

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 17th February 2020 to Sunday 23rd February 2020

Adur &

A husky dog is reported to have bitten and injured a sheep on a farm in Sompting Lancing. The attack was so severe that the sheep had to be put down. The dog is now in the hands of the dog warden. The owner has been identified.

Nothing reported
Brighton & Hove
Nothing reported

A farm in Chilgrove Road Lavant Chichester was forcefully broken into by smashing a padlock to a field gate, a vehicle was then driven into the field where it has been driving round and round it, and it then repeated the process in several other fields before departing having caused severe damage to the sown crops.  

An outbuilding to a  farm in Loxwood, Billingshurst was broken into and 4 Husqvana chainsaws of different models 1 x 560XP / I x 346XP / 1 x 357XP / 1 x 372XP, 1 x Stihl chainsaw, 1 x Stihl Backpack Blower and 1 x Wheelbarrow were all stolen. Valued at £4,450.000.

HERITAGE A bronze statue of a young boy has been broken off a wooden seat and stolen from a garden of a farmhouse in Haslemere. The statue was sculpted by the noted sculptor John Robson and is worth in the region of £5,000.00.

Nothing reported

HERITAGE Some £7,000 loss and damage has been caused to St Richard of Chichester's Church, Langney, Eastbourne, after thieves stole copper roofing from the building's Edmonds Chapel.
They struck between 1am and 7am on Wednesday 19 February in what has been the third such incident targeting the parish church.
Police Community Support Officer Daryl Holter, a heritage crime adviser, said: "It was previously hit in 2018, and then again on 30 December last year, when the cost of damage and theft was £7,500.
"Damaging any property is bad enough, but targeting a church which is used by the community is disgraceful. Churches create and evoke memories, and are used for so many reasons."
PCSO Holter said the latest raid carried an "overwhelming" cost for the church's congregation, both financially and emotionally. People had been left "frustrated and depressed" by the situation.
Anyone who may have information that could assist officers investigating the crime is asked to contact Sussex Police online or by phoning 101, quoting serial 1181 of 19/02.

Nothing reported
Nothing reported

An outbuilding used to house a tractor on a farm in Coneyhurst, Billingshurst was forcefully entered. A hose pipe belonging to the aggrieved was used to syphon fuel from the tractor inside. Only a small amount of fuel was stolen along with the hosepipe. Valued at £70.00.

A farm in Blackgate Lane Pulborough was forcefully entered by person/s in a 05 plated Land Rover Freelander and some £10,000.00 worth of power tools were stolen, whilst on site the intruders unsuccessfully attempted to  steal an 8 Tonne excavator and a 2 Tonne Dumper truck. The Land Rover was stolen and was later found burnt out.

A property in Allington Lane Offham, Lewes was forcefully entered causing £15,000.00 worth of damage.

Mid Sussex
WSF&RS attended a fire at a farm in Henfield Road Brighton.

A farmhouse in Potmans Lane Bexhill on Sea was broken into during the night and a 42” Sony TV was stolen. Valued at £500.00.

ESF&RS attended a fire in a derelict farm house in Sidley Bexhill on Sea.

Whilst a work person was working in Mayfield, person/s unknown drove off in the aggrieved 18 plate Ford Truck that had a trailer attached with some £5,000.00 worth of hand and power tools in it. The total loss amounts to some £35,000.00. The only good news is that the trailer was later found in Crowborough minus the tools.

A barn owner in the Hailsham reports that his barns are being broken into at least twice a week. In the latest episode they report that nothing seems to missing.


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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 or their dedicated rural crime reporting number 0800 783 0137 or online here

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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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