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4th March 2020
Sussex Country Watch Newsletter

Reported loose animals on the highway this week is 17.
This is made up by 15 Sheep and 2 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.

Sussex Police are investigating four incidents in which specialist GPS equipment, valued at more than £131,000, has been stolen from 26 tractors in farming communities in West Sussex since 24 February.

Our rural crime officers have been in contact with the victims, in Patching, Easebourne, Bosham and Church Norton near Selsey, and an investigation into each of the incidents is ongoing. They are working with colleagues across the force, and nationally, to deal with this issue, which has been seen in other areas of the country although not so far in other areas of Sussex.

Our officers work hard with farmers and rural communities to deter and detect criminality, and have also provided specialist crime prevention advice to help the owners protect their tractors from this particular type of theft.

Modern agricultural machinery is very complex and relies on sophisticated devices such as these to help perform important functions. 

Anyone else seeking this specialist advice can call 101 and ask to contact their local rural crime PCSO.

Anyone with information about any of these four incidents can contact us online at or by calling 101, quoting serial 451 of 24/02. 

Crime and incident update
26 x specialist GPS systems, 1 x horse harness, 2 x horse rugs,
 2 x quadbikes, 1 x off road motorbike, 2 x electric bicycles,
1 x Land Rover, 1 x sewage treatment tank, 800 x hay bales,
1 x burnt out barn (arson) and I x car transport trailer.
Value of stolen goods including damage £300,050.00.
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 24th February 2020 to Sunday 1st  March 2020

Adur &

Nothing reported

See warning to farmers above

Brighton & Hove
Nothing reported

See warning to farmers above

A stable yard Emsworth has been entered and a Pears Harness has been stolen, two horses have had their rugs removed and stolen. Estimated value £650.00.

A red Ifor Williams 506 horse trailer has been stolen overnight from farm premises in Plaistow / Loxwood, Billingshurst, by cutting the gate chain. The serial number is SCK40000085047042. It is 8 years old and valued at £2,500.00.  What is unusual about this trailer is that it is completely red, most have a white top.

Nothing reported

Nothing reported

Nothing reported

Nothing reported

Intruders forcefully entered an outbuilding in Crays Lane, Goose Green, Pulborough, causing extensive damage. Nothing was stolen.

A barn in Broomers Hill Lane, Pulborough, has been forcefully entered and a red Honda GRX 350cc 4WD Quad bike was stolen along with a red GasGas TX125 off road motorbike and two Electric bicycles, both custom built. 1 a Specialised Epic with electric motor fitted and the other has a Ventana frame and has a Bafang electric motor fitted. Estimated value £5,900.00.

Nothing reported

Mid Sussex
A metallic grey, 66 plate, Land Rover Discovery sport has been stolen from the drive of a property in Hurstpierpoint, Hassocks. The owner still has both sets of keys, value £19,000.00.

A sewage treatment plant tank has been stolen from premises in Monterwood Lane, Haywards Heath. Valued at £2,000.00.

ESF&RS attended a barn fire in Camber Road Rye, it contained 800 bales of hay. The Fire Service describe the fire as arson. Witnesses saw 6 youths and CCTV has caught good images of them. Enquires are ongoing, Values, hay £2,500.00, cost of rebuilding barn £130,000.00.

A twin axled Ifor Williams car transporting trailer has been stolen from premises in Ashburnham, valued at £3,500.00.

A field shelter in the Battle area has been entered and a quantity of sheep medicines have been stolen, value unknown.

An unsuccessful attempt was made to break into a shipping container in the Guestling area.

A farm in Downash, Hailsham has been entered and a green and black, 6WD, Polaris Gator quadbike has been stolen from one of the outbuildings. Value £3,000.00.

Farm premises in Furners Green, Uckfield were forcefully entered and a JCB was stolen by driving it away, the owners gave chase and the intruder dumped it in a ditch and fled.


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 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 or call 101.

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