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Sussex Farm Watch Bulletin – County Update

23rd January 2014
Sussex Farm Watch Co-ordinator’s Message
Welcome to our second issue. I have noted that there is an increase of heating oil, red and white diesel not only in Sussex but across the South East in general. Please be aware. There is advice on the subject in the ‘News, Advice and Appeals’ section.
In last week’s edition I reported that 5 Collie puppies that had been stolen in Rother had been recovered in Kent. This in fact is not the case as the recovered puppies were Golden Retrievers, the Collies are still missing.
Kind Regards
Phillip
News, Advice and Appeals
  • Fuel and oil theft – Theft of heating and diesel oil has been a problem for many years and we see an increase in this type of crime whenever the price of crude oil rises. A rise in the price of fuel at the petrol pump inevitably leads to a rise in the cost of heating oil. This makes oil a more attractive proposition for the thief and they are now actively targeting fuel tanks at farms, transport depots and domestic properties. The thief may be using the oil for their own central heating or selling it on at a handsome profit.
These tanks can contain thousands of pounds worth of oil and it therefore makes good sense to take a few precautions to protect them. The purpose of this leaflet is to give the reader a few ideas about what can be done to make life more difficult for the thief.
OFTEC (the Oil Firing Technical Association for the petroleum industry) offers advice and guidance for those who use and store oil at their premises. There are certain rules and regulations that may apply to you and OFTEC will help clarify these for you.
They can be reached at www.oftec.org or by calling 0845 6585 080. They also produce ‘An easy guide to domestic oil storage’ which is a very straightforward and useful document.
For further fuel theft prevention advice, please click here.
Crime and Incident Update
If you have seen or heard anything related to these incidents please contact Sussex Police online., via email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk, by calling 101 or contact Crime Stoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111

 

 
Monday 13th to Sunday 19th January 2014
 
Area
Ref
Date
Details
Adur & Worthing
 
 
Nothing to report
Arun
 
 
Nothing to report
Brighton & Hove
Nothing to report
Chichester
349
14/01/2014
A Farmer spotted 3 Poodle type dogs chasing his sheep, they were with 2 females. When approached by the Farmer who asked them for their contact details in case any of the sheep aborted, they were very aggressive in their reply and walked off. Please keep an eye out for them.
1460
14/01/2014
An Ifor Williams GX 84 Míni Plant Trailer, serial number 452457 was stolen from Bosham Sewage Works between the hours of 07:30 and 16:30 on 14th Jan 2014
636
16/01/2014
Some time over the last week 150 litres of diesel has been stolen from combine harvesters parked in a field in Chichester Road Selsey.
704
17/01/2014
Three outbuildings have been broken into on land at Lickfold, Petworth. A Matthew Fergusson ride on Tractor/Mower worth £4000, a motorcycle (details unknown) and various pedal cycles have been stolen. Bolt cutters were used to force entry. Tyre marks were found across the field.
Crawley
 
 
Nothing to report
Eastbourne
Nothing to report
Gatwick
Nothing to report
Hastings
Nothing to report
Horsham
143
15/01/2014
A farm at Rudgwick had the locks of 2 diesel storage tanks smashed off by intruders, they have also entered the workshop and removed tools and placed them outside. Although nothing was taken it is felt that the intruders were intending to come back for them. Did you see or hear anything!
Lewes
Nothing to report
Mid Sussex
0335
10/01/2014
There have been several reports of diesel being stolen from machinery at premises on Station Approach Horsted Keynes. Over 1000 litres has been stolen so far along with damage to the fuel caps.
0670
10/01/2014
Copper cabling has been stolen from several substations in Lindfield since 10th January
0280
14/01/2014
A lock up on Bylanes, Cuckfield was entered and two generators and a petrol disc cutter were stolen
0662
16/01/2014
The occupants of a blue Renault Master Van were seen to be looking at scrap metal in the East Grinstead area, it had a foreign registration plate EL937LE. Please be aware.
Rother
Nothing to report
Wealden
0336
13/01/2014
Electric fencing was stolen from a field in School Lane Hadlow Down, this included the energiser unit, battery, 50 lightweight plastic posts with approximately 800 metres of cable (which had a copper content). Value £800-£900
620
16/01/2014
A farm building in Groombridge Lane, Eridge Lane has been broken into by kicking the door in. Nothing was stolen.

 

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Farm Watch Officers

Please contact your local Farm Watch Liaison Officers for any general enquiries or questions. Report all crimes and incidents to Sussex Police either online, via email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk, by calling 101 or contact Crime Stoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
 

 

Area
Officer
Email
Arun
PCSO Loraine Dixon
Brighton & Hove
PC Andrea Leahy
Chichester
PCSO Craig Dunlop
Crawley & Horsham
PC Colin Parker &
PCSO Tracy Field
Eastbourne
PC Louis Thompson
 
Hastings
PC Nick Bellhouse
Lewes
PC Pete Hall &
PCSO Edward Hall
Mid Sussex
PCSO Anika Clough
Rother
PCSO Daryl Holter
Wealden
PCSO Sarah Roberts

 

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