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Sussex Country Watch Newsletter
Reported loose animals on the highway this week is 11.
This was made up by 5 Cows, 4 Horses and 2 Sheep.
Please keep check your boundary hedges and fences, to include Railways, at least twice each day.
Tools, Machinery, Gates, Cash and a Metal Statute.
Total £16,920.00.

Rother Police have invested in new tracker technology to help identify those causing harm to their communities.
Through financial support from the Joint Action Group, police have been able to purchase equipment for people in the district to use on their farm machinery and quad bikes.
Inspector Jonathan Hartley of the Rother Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “We understand the impact theft can have on our rural communities, especially when the items stolen are expensive to replace and essential to the running of their business and livelihood.
“We have listened to the community’s concerns around this and have invested in equipment to help us track and recover stolen vehicles and equipment.
“Combining this with our regular patrols of rural areas, proactive stopping of vehicles and closer working relationships with the rural community, we will help to both reduce and prevent rural crime.”
To find out how you can protect yourself and your property, visit our crime prevention advice pages.
You can report any offences or suspicious activity online or by calling 101. Always dial 999 in an emergency.
As I am sure many of you are aware, we are now at the start of the rutting season. So please beware not to get to close to wild deer as the Stags will often take offence if anyone goes near his harem, remember, a deer can run at 30 MPH, much faster than you, so please just avoid them until the end of the rutting season in mid-November.
Please ensure that you keep reporting any criminal occurrence no matter how small as this continues to show the issues the rural communities are having.

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.

Sussex Police rely heavily on people like you to advise them of any suspect vehicle hanging around of entering your property. Please, if you see any such vehicle contact the police on the non-emergency number 101 with as much information as possible. This includes date and time, where and a good description of the vehicle including the reg no and of any people. Please do not put yourself in any danger but if possible take a photograph. By suppling this information, it puts a vehicle in a location at a certain time, this could help us if a crime takes place in your locality around that time.

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.

Monday 12th October 2020 to Sunday 18th October 2020

Adur &
HERITAGE The Grade 1 Listed Church and Churchyard of St Julians in Shoreham by Sea has been experiencing anti-social behaviour problems with youths. This has now escalated to include criminal damage, not only to a grave stone but also the church wall close to the grave. The stone plinth on the top of the grave has been broken and is now lying at an angle to the grave. Repairs are estimated at around £1,500.00. Behaviour of this type will not be tolerated as not only does this cause much upset the relatives of the deceased but it destroys our heritage for future generations. Did you see or hear anything, if so please call Sussex Police on the non-emergency number of 101.     

HERITAGE Further to the report directly above, sadly I have to report that yet another grave stone has been knocked over and damaged. Estimated cost of repairs is £600.00.

Containers on a business site in Yapton Lane Arundel have been forcefully entered and various tools have been stolen, these include a strimmer, a welder, chain saws and a varied amount of machinery. Estimated at £8,000.00 to replace.  

Brighton & Hove
Nothing reported

Nothing reported

Nothing reported

A farm in Coopers Hill Eastbourne has had £600.00 of damage caused by person/s unknown cutting it.

Nothing reported

Nothing reported

A farm in North Heath Pulborough was entered and a container was forcefully entered. The contents that include machinery for resurfacing roads, whacker plates and hand tools were all stolen. Value of haul around £4,000.00.

A farm in East Street Falmer has been entered and an outbuilding was entered. Various tools were stolen including Hand drills and a leaf blower. Value of goods £350.00.

Mid Sussex
A farm in Cuckfield Road Burgess Hill has been entered and 4 farm gates valued at £350.00 were stolen.

A farm in Robertsbridge has been broken into and a safe containing £400.00 was stolen.

An honesty box outside a farm in Rotherfield was forced open and about £120.00 was stolen.

A metal statute of a Stag has been stolen from premises in Chillies Lane High Hurstwood Uckfield, valued at £1,000.00.

ESF&RS attended a barn fire, in Blackboys, with 8 pumps.

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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