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Subject: Sussex Farm Watch Bulletin - 07 July 2016


 


 

Farm Watch Coordinator's Update

Weekly reported loose animal on the Highway count is 26.

This is made up with nineteen Cows, four Horses and three sheep.

Phillip
 


News, advice and appeals
 
I thought that those of you who drive tractors or slow moving vehicles on the public highway would be interested in a story that has hit the headlines this week.

In a victory for frustrated motorists everywhere, a tractor driver has been fined £485 for allowing a massive queue to build up behind him.

Crawling along at 25 miles per hour, 20-year-old farm worker Jake Fear, of Highbridge, Somerset, eventually caused a tail-back of 50 vehicles as he drove along the A39 near Glastonbury, Somerset last November.

His tractor, pulling a trailer, was finally pulled over by police, who spotted the half-mile-long queue. He was charged with driving without reasonable consideration for other road users.

According to “Somerset Live”, at least three points where he could have pulled over to allow traffic to pass, but didn't bother to do so - despite the fact that slow drivers are expected to do this at every third opportunity.

"The trailer contained beet which was piled high and due to the manner of driving the officer stopped Fear and asked why he hadn't pulled over," said prosecutor Christine Hart.

"He replied that he had only noticed the lorry behind him and he did not see the half a mile of traffic and argued that there had not been any places to pull over."

Magistrates fined him £190 for the offence - as well as £190 for driving on a bald tyre - and ordered him to pay costs of £85 and a £20 victim surcharge. He also had three points added to his licence.

Fear was prosecuted under a new set of driving laws introduced in 2013. They allow police to act over inconsiderate or selfish behaviour, such as tailgating, hogging the middle lane of the motorway or deliberately splashing pedestrians by driving through puddles.

Other potential offences include wheel-spinning and handbrake turns, barging into a queue of traffic and 'undertaking' by passing another car on the inside.

The first person to actually be prosecuted under the new laws was a West Yorkshire driver, who was fined almost £1,000 and given five penalty points last summer for hogging the middle lane of the motorway.

Lesser offenders can be slapped with an on-the-spot fine or ordered to take an awareness course similar to those for drink-driving and speeding.
 


Crime update

 Monday 27th June 2016 to Sunday 3rd July 2016

Area

Ref

Date

Details

Adur & Worthing

0787

27/06/2016

An outbuilding in Lancing was broken into and various items were stolen, these include 100 CO2 capsules,  1000 .22 air rifle pellets, 6 Butchery knives, 4 LED head torches, 3 bill hooks, 1 night vision set, 1 custom made forestry knife, 2 pocket knives, 8 field knives, 1 XS78 air rifle and trigger log and cable, 1 Gamo pistol and locked storage box, 1 Norica air rifle, 1 pair field binoculars, 1 ferret finder and 3 collars, 4 empty cartridge bags, 20 pigeon decoys, 75 yards netting and 2 rifle scopes 4x32. It would appear that specific items were targeted as other items worth more were ignored. 

Arun

 

 

Nothing reported

Brighton & Hove

 

 

Nothing reported

Chichester

0361

27/06/2016

A farm in Plaistow Road Billingshurst has been entered and a Wacker plate, a cement mixer and a minimax belle cement mixer were all stolen.

0697

27/06/2016

The electric gates to a farm in Milland have been damaged by intruders trying to gain entry.

1003

27/06/2016

An unsuccessful attempt has been made to gain entry to an outbuilding on a farm in Trotton.

0792

29/06/2016

WSF&R attended a pylon fire in the middle of a field

Crawley

0251

02/07/2016

A tow bar fitted to a Land Rover parked in Dobson Road Crawley has been stolen. The theft was captured on CCTV. Police enquires are ongoing.

Eastbourne

0612

02/07/2016

Heritage Crime A strip of lead 4’ X 9’ has been stolen from the roof of Parish Church of St Richards Langney Green Eastbourne.

Gatwick

 

 

Nothing reported

Hastings

0987

27/06/2016

A farmer from Hastings cornered a dog in his field that he caught attacking his sheep. Dog’s owner  identified, enquiries are ongoing.

Horsham

 

 

Horsham Police are investigating two burglaries that have occurred in the Ashington/Thakeham area of West Sussex and ask for your assistance in this matter. If anybody has any information, please contact DC Chris Merryfield-Day CM542 by calling 101.
 
On Monday 9th May 2016 a burglary occurred at a large detached property in Peacock Lane Thakeham.  At 3.30pm a silver Mk1 Land Rover Freelander forced metal gates to a property, drove down the drive and parked by the stable yard. 2 males were then seen to walk towards the rear of the house. Males were also seen to make off in the same vehicle, high value jewellery being stolen.
Description of the males: 
Male 1: 5ft 7” tall, late 20’s, slim build, cropped hair back and sides and wavy on top.
Male 2: 6ft, slim build, short black hair and full thick beard.
 
The 2nd burglary is in the adjacent road, Cray’s Lane, Thakeham. This burglary has occurred between 12.30 and 3pm on Monday 27th June ’16. Offenders have forced entry to the house and outbuilding and stolen jewellery as well as garden machinery such as strimmer, chainsaw.
Police are interested to identify a male that was seen to be walking away from the property and getting into a small blue hatchback. Description:  IC1 (white male), tanned skin, medium build, scruffy hair and stubble.

0422

30/06/2016

Three bridles, two Stubben and the third an Amigo along with three saddles, one was an 17.5 inch mahogany Biarritz Jumping type, a Black Country 17.5 inch GP and a black Albion dressage saddle 17.5 inch were all stolen from premises in Wineham Lane Wineham.

Lewes

1259

28/06/2016

The door to a barn on a farm in Outlook Avenue Peacehaven has been vandalised. 

Mid Sussex

 

 

Nothing reported

Rother

0373

27/06/2016

A farmer from Fourteen Acre Lane Three Oaks has been experienced problems with dog attacks, today he found a dead sheep with injuries and obvious signs that it was caused be a dog.

0874

28/06/2016

100 litres of diesel has been stolen from a tractor in Royal Oak Lane Crowhurst.

Wealden

 

 

Nothing reported
 












 


 
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 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101, quoting the reference number provided.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org
 


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 online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101, quoting the reference number provided.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org
 

Area

Officer

Email

Adur and Worthing

PS Steve Turner
PCSO Stewart Metcalfe

stephen.turner@sussex.pnn.police.uk
stewart.metcalfe@sussex.pnn.police.uk

Arun

PCSO Loraine Dixon

loraine.dixon@sussex.pnn.police.uk

Brighton and Hove

PC Andrea Leahy

andrea.leahy@sussex.pnn.police.uk

Chichester

PCSO Craig Dunlop

robert.dunlop@sussex.pnn.police.uk

Crawley

PS Chris Glasspool

christopher.glasspool@sussex.pnn.police.uk

Eastbourne

PEO Louis Thompson

louis.thompson@sussex.pnn.police.uk

Hastings

PC Nick Bellhouse

nicholas.bellhouse@sussex.pnn.police.uk

Horsham

PEO Louisa Hull

louisa.hull@sussex.pnn.police.uk

Lewes

PC Pete Hall

peter.hall@sussex.pnn.police.uk

Mid Sussex

PCSO Eve Maryan

eve.maryan@sussex.pnn.police.uk

Rother

PCSO Daryl Holter

daryl.holter@sussex.pnn.police.uk

Wealden

PEO Juliet Mills

juliet.a.mills@sussex.pnn.police.uk

 


 


 


 


 

 

 

Subject: Weekly bulletin          Wednesday, 1st June 2016


 


News and appeals

Elderly woman targeted in Chichester distraction burglary
At about 5pm on Saturday (21 May), an elderly woman reported that a man knocked at her address in Shopwhyke Road and offered to carry out some gardening work. Once inside, he stole a wallet and cash before making off.

A small dark coloured car and a dark silver Ford Mondeo were both seen parked in the area around the time of the incident, and officers are appealing for the owners of these vehicles to come forward to assist in the investigation.

The suspect is described as a white man aged between 20 and 40, of slim build and with short black hair.

Detective Constable Gavin Percival said: "This is one of the lowest forms of crime someone could commit, and one which no one can be proud of. In particular, we would like to speak to anyone who travelled along this road, east of the Oving traffic lights, around the time of the incident, and anyone who may have a dashboard camera fitted. This simple device may have evidence that court assist us in this enquiry’

"We are also appealing for the owners of either of the two cars seen parked in the street to get in touch.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101, quoting serial 1021 of 21/05.

Appeal for witnesses to assault at Goodwood Racecourse
Police are appealing for witnesses to an assault at Goodwood Racecourse in Chichester.

Police were called to the Gordon Enclosure at the racecourse following the incident at about 5.30pm on Saturday (21 May).

A 25-year-old man from Shoreham sustained facial injuries and a 24-year-old man from Pulborough sustained a fractured hand following the altercation. Both men had attended the racecourse together.

A 23-year-old man from Amersham in Buckinghamshire, arrested on suspicion of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, has been bailed until 22 June pending further enquiries.

Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to contact 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101, quoting serial 1079 of 21/05.

Summer crackdown on drink and drug-drivers begins next week
Surrey and Sussex Police's summer crackdown on drink and drug-drivers begins next week.

Operation Dragonfly is a year-round strategy, run in conjunction with Sussex Safer Roads Partnership, which targets offenders in a bid to prevent collisions and save lives on the roads across the two counties.

As part of the summer campaign, which runs from Monday (6 June) to Sunday 10 July, officers will be carrying out dedicated patrols to identify motorists who break the law – and risk the lives of themselves and others'.

Police made 170 arrests in Sussex as part of the operation in June 2015; 148 on suspicion of drink-driving and 22 on suspicion of drug-driving. This is compared to 143 the previous summer.

Sergeant Phil Badman, of the Surrey and Sussex Police Roads Policing Unit, said: "As part of this operation, we will be increasing patrols and carrying out routine checks on motorists in a bid to detect and deter drink and drug-drivers.

"However, it's important to note that while we will have officers dedicated to targeting offenders throughout the summer, it is a year-round operation and if you are caught, you will face the consequences.

"A lot of people like to have a drink when the sun is out, whether they are on holiday, having a barbecue or relaxing with friends. And while we encourage everyone to enjoy themselves and have fun in the sun, we also want them to act responsibly.

"If you're driving to an event or a venue, think about your journey home and plan ahead. Book a cab, take public transport or get a lift with someone who hasn't been drinking or taking drugs. And don't be tempted to get behind the wheel and drive yourself, even if you think you're fine.

"There is a thin line between being under and over the limit, and that's why we encourage people to drink or drive; not both. It's not worth the risk.”

To be consistent with previous operations, Surrey and Sussex Police will continue to identify anyone charged with drink or drug-driving.

And in addition to patrols and routine checks, officers will also act on intelligence to bring offenders to justice.

Sgt Badman added: "Members of the public also play a key role in making our roads in Surrey and Sussex safer – they can report anyone they believe to be drink or drug-driving anonymously, and it's quick and easy.

"Whether you suspect another road user is under the influence, you witness someone getting behind the wheel after drinking, or you are in a vehicle with someone who should not be driving, please report it. This can be done discretely and could help to save lives.”

People in Sussex can text officers on 65999 with the details of people they suspect of drink or drug driving.

Specials recruitment opens at the start of National Volunteers Week
Sussex Police has more than 700 volunteers across the force joining the millions of other volunteers in the rest of the country; these volunteers are celebrated in a national week starting on June 1.

In the middle of this week, special constables are also recognised on National Specials Weekend on June 4 and 5.

During the week there will be videos posted on the Sussex Police website and on our social media pages showcasing the great work our volunteers do each and every day. To follow the conversation on twitter use the #volunteersweek

The videos will feature Special Constables, volunteers, cadets and their team leaders sharing their personal experiences of how they've dedicated their time to the force.

Assistant Chief Constable Laurence Taylor said: "We are also pleased to announce that we are opening the recruitment window for Special Constables on Monday (May 30) until Sunday, June 12. If you are already doing a job you love yet want a different challenge in your spare time, joining our force as a Special Constable could be the right choice for you."

He added: "Volunteers, like special constables, police staff volunteers and cadets, are a valuable part of Sussex Police. I am delighted to be celebrating their contribution to the force."

Commenting on the importance of volunteers, Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne said: “I am encouraged that the recruitment window is open once again for Special Constables who give their time for free to help keep Sussex safe, and bring valuable experience and diversity to the workforce.

“One of the members of my Youth Commission, Conor Simmonds, became a Special Constable last year whilst still at University. I had the pleasure of joining Conor and other Special Constables during an Op Manhunt exercise in Brighton, where they tracked down and arrested suspects wanted for crimes, recall to prison and those who had breached bail in the city. Conor told me that being a Special Constable has really changed his perception of the police and subsequently benefitted his work with young people in the community.”

Sussex Police has been working with David Huse, an expert in the field of volunteering who lead the work with the game makers at the London Olympics. He has been working with the force as a volunteer himself in order to see how we can innovate and improve the experience of our existing and new volunteers in the future.

To apply to become a special constable please visit our website.

 


Crime summary

Chichester and surrounding area.

Ashburnham Close, Chichester - Male disturbed by resident in back garden stating he was interested in a copper water tank. Male seen to drive off in Renault Kango van. Ref 0713 of 25/05.

The Drive, Chichester -  Between 10am and 3pm on 26th May a property was entered by smashing living room window. An untidy search of the property was made. Ref 1025 of 26/05.

Brandy Hole Lane, Chichester - Between 25th and 26th May a tile cutter, two drills and a radio have been stolen from building site where property is under renovation. Ref 0271 of 26/05.

Bosham Sailing Club - Theft of fire extinguisher and damage caused. Ref 0949 of 29/05.

Selsey and The Witterings

High Street, Selsey - Theft of pink and purple 'Universal' ladies bicycle. Bicycle was stolen between 12:45pm and 2:05pm, 31st May. Ref 1751 of 31/05.

Midhurst, Petworth and surrounding areas

Vann Road, Fernhurst - Theft of generators, garden tools and horse tack between 9pm, 27th May and 5am, 28th May. Ref 0272 of 28/05.

Lickfold Road, Fernhurst - Break to garage between 7-7:30am, 28th May. Theft of white Sthil chainsaw. Entry gained by breaking padlock. Ref 0357 of 28/05.

Lurgashall, Petworth - break to garage between 3pm, 30th May - 10am, 31st May. Damage caused to locks to gain entry. Theft of garden various tools. Ref 0460 of 31/05.


 


 

 


 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Subject: Weekly bulletin          Wednesday, 4th May 2016


 


News and appeals

Thousands' of pounds worth of tools stolen from Chichester Building Site

Police are appealing for witnesses after £43,000 worth of plant machinery and tools were stolen from a building site in Chichester.

The intruders broke into several portable buildings on the site at the Chichester Food Park, Bognor Road, just off the A259 sometime between 5.45pm on Wednesday (27 April) and 6am on Thursday (28 April).

Items stolen included a Wacker plate, Paramac 5500 petrol generator, Leica P200 pipe laser set and a Stihl Ts10 disc cutter.

Anyone with information or anyone who has been offered any tools or machinery for sale should contact police by emailing 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or ring 101 quoting 117 of 28/04.

Beauty spot car park patrols

Officers and police cadets spent some time visiting all the beauty spot car parks on Saturday 30th April. They spoke to more than 70 people and left over 300 car crime prevention leaflets for vehicle owners.

Sadly they found cars which had sat navs left on show and bags in full view and three vehicles were left unlocked.
 


Crime summary

Chichester

Main Road, Emsworth - Between 9am, 25th April - 4:40pm, 27th April a barn was entered and a Green viking ride on lawnmower was stolen. Ref 1265 of 27/04.

Chalk Pit Lane, East Lavant - Fire service called to a vehicle set alight. Occurred 12:30am, 29th April. Ref 0032 of 29/04.

Main Road, Nutbourne - Break to premises at approximately 11:30pm, 30th April. Theft of jerry cans of fuel and alloy wheels. Ref 0881 of 30/04.

Selsey and The Witterings

High Street, Selsey - theft of two bicycles from outside front door. Theft occurred between 9pm, 30th April and 3am, 1st May. Ref 0205 of 01/05.

Hillfield Road, Selsey - damage caused to wall between 2:30 - 2:50am, 1st May. Ref 0835 of 01/05.

Midhurst and Petworth

Marley Heights, Haslemere - Theft of three bronze garden statues from rear garden overnight into 28th April. Ref 0150 of 28/04.

Budgens Store, Midhurst - break to store via glass entrance doors. Large amount of Tobacco stolen. Occurred between 8pm, 1st May and 6:50am, 2nd May. Ref 0255 of 02/05.

Hill Brow, Liss - purse stolen from van which was left insecure. Ref 1385 of 03/05.

 


 


 


Subject: URGENT: Online Extortion Demand Affecting UK Businesses          4 May 2016


Within the past 24 hours a number of businesses throughout the UK have received extortion demands from a group calling themselves ‘Lizard Squad’.
 
Method of Attack:
The group have sent emails demanding payment of 5 Bitcoins, to be paid by a certain time and date. The email states that this demand will increase by 5 Bitcoins for each day that it goes unpaid.
 
If their demand is not met, they have threatened to launch a Denial of Service attack against the businesses’ websites and networks, taking them offline until payment is made.   
 
The demand states that once their actions have started, they cannot be undone.
 
What to do if you’ve received  one of these demands:

  • Report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040 or by using the online reporting tool
  • Do not pay the demand
  • Retain the original emails (with headers)
  • Maintain a timeline of the attack, recording all times, type and content of the contact

 
If you are experiencing a DDoS right now you should:

  • Report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040 immediately.
  • Call your Internet Service Provider (ISP) (or hosting provider if you do not host your own Web server), tell them you are under attack and ask for help.
  • Keep a timeline of events and save server logs, web logs, email logs, any packet capture, network graphs, reports etc.

 
Get Safe Online top tips for protecting your business from a DDoS:

  • Consider the likelihood and risks to your organisation of a DDoS attack, and put appropriate threat reduction/mitigation measures in place.
  • If you consider that protection is necessary, speak to a DDoS prevention specialist.
  • Whether you are at risk of a DDoS attack or not, you should have the hosting facilities in place to handle large, unexpected volumes of website hits.

 

Subject: Appeal for Information - Early May Bank Holiday 2016          Wednesday, 27th April 2016


 


 

Early May Bank Holiday 2016
Appeal for Information

With the Early May Bank Holiday almost upon us Chichester District Neighbourhood Policing Team are asking members of the public to be alert to any possible rave related activity.
 
This could include:
 

  • the removal of locks from secured access points
  • vehicles, particularly panel vans or larger, driving off road
  • groups of vehicles congregating in rural areas
  • convoys of vehicles
  • loud music from remote woodland

 
Please report any such activity on the Sussex Police non emergency number of 101 as soon as possible quoting Operation ROBUST.
 
By receiving early warnings Sussex Police have a much better chance of disrupting the rave and dispersing those responsible for its organisation.
 
Extra patrols will be mounted on Chichester District over the coming Bank Holiday weekend and any early intelligence of rave activity gained from members of the public will be passed to these patrols as soon as it is received.
 
If you have any information about illegal raves or those involved in their organisation please contact us.
 


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 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101, quoting the reference number provided.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org
 


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 online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101, quoting the reference number provided.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org
 

Area

Officer

Email

Adur and Worthing

PS Steve Turner
PCSO Stewart Metcalfe

stephen.turner@sussex.pnn.police.uk
stewart.metcalfe@sussex.pnn.police.uk

Arun

PCSO Loraine Dixon

loraine.dixon@sussex.pnn.police.uk

Brighton and Hove

PC Andrea Leahy

andrea.leahy@sussex.pnn.police.uk

Chichester

PCSO Craig Dunlop

robert.dunlop@sussex.pnn.police.uk

Crawley

PS Chris Glasspool

christopher.glasspool@sussex.pnn.police.uk

Eastbourne

PEO Louis Thompson

louis.thompson@sussex.pnn.police.uk

Hastings

PC Nick Bellhouse

nicholas.bellhouse@sussex.pnn.police.uk

Horsham

PEO Louisa Hull

louisa.hull@sussex.pnn.police.uk

Lewes

PC Pete Hall

peter.hall@sussex.pnn.police.uk

Mid Sussex

PCSO Eve Maryan

eve.maryan@sussex.pnn.police.uk

Rother

PCSO Daryl Holter

daryl.holter@sussex.pnn.police.uk

Wealden

PCSO Sarah Roberts

sarah.roberts@sussex.pnn.police.uk

 


 


 


 


Subject: Heritage Crime and Nighthawking explained          Monday, 25th April 2016


 


 

What is Heritage Crime?

Heritage crime is any offence which harms the value of England's heritage assets and their settings to this and future generations. PCSO Daryl Holter Heritage Crime Officer said: ‘Several reports have been made to Sussex Police of incidents where damage has been caused by 4x4 vehicles on Scheduled Monument Sites. This is an offence under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 it is a criminal offence to cause damage to a Scheduled Monument. An Scheduled Monument is a site which is of significant historic, archaeological, architectural or artistic interest and is protected.’

Mark Harrison, Policing and Crime Advisor of Historic England said: ‘Damage to rural archaeological monuments from irresponsible or uninformed off-road driving is a serious issue and can often result in major damage and disturbance to sites. Wheeled traffic, whether bikes or off-road vehicles, can quickly erode historic earthworks and can cause substantial harm to irreplaceable heritage sites.  I'm sure the vast majority of off-road drivers would be appalled to realise that their activities may have damaged an important archaeological site. It is very difficult to find those responsible for this kind of damage and we call on local people to be vigilant in reporting any such activity they may encounter.’

Further information on Heritage Crime can be found on the Historic England site.

What is Nighthawking?

Nighthawking is the term for illegal metal detecting on farmland, archaeological sites and other areas of archaeological interest to discover coins and other artefacts for their historical and financial value. The items found are not handed in to authorities, meaning the finds are stolen. Nighthawking refers to the fact that this illegal activity is often undertaken at night to avoid detection and arrest. However it does also happen during daylight hours.

PCSO Holter, said: ‘Sussex Police do receive reports of Nighthawking. We are working with partners including a nationwide operation to deal with nighthawking “Operation Chronos” to prevent this, raise awareness and bring offenders to justice.’Mark Harrison, National Policing and Crime Advisor for Historic England, said: "The practice of nighthawking is an issue that we take very seriously. We recognise that the majority of the metal detecting community comply with the laws and regulations relating to the discovery and recovery of objects from the land. However, just as it’s against the law to break into someone's house and steal their possessions, so it is illegal to damage land and steal valuable historical artefacts.  We are working hard with the police service at a national and local level to identify the criminal minority who operate outside of the law”.  
         
How do Nighthawkers operate?

Nighthawkers will go to land with metal detectors and without permission from the farmer or landowner. Consequently all finds removed by them while trespassing may amount to an offence of theft. The coins and artefacts that they recover are kept in private collections or sold for personal profit. Because property is stolen, the finders are unlikely to report their finds and valuable historical data is lost for good. Nighthawking can also damage the reputation of responsible metal detectorists. Responsible detectorists are often members of local clubs and the National Council for Metal Detecting and assist police in combating the offences by Nighthawkers and other rural crime.

What should you do if you find Nighthawkers on your land?

Whether day or night, if you find Nighthawkers on your land call the Police on 999, as this is a crime in progress. Don’t approach them as this may scare them off or may cause them to become aggressive towards you. Gather information by taking registration numbers of vehicles and descriptions of those involved and pass these details to the Police immediately.

What if I find evidence of Nighthawking?

Evidence of recent Nighthawking is usually discovered during day light hours and is often in the form of holes dug in fields with no obvious explanation. Other types of evidence that may be found are:
 

  •     footwear marks
  •     drink bottles / cans
  •     vehicle tyre marks
  •     other discarded items
  •     cigarette butts

To report nighthawking to Sussex Police you can email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk, online at www.sussexpolice.co.uk or call 101. If evidence is left behind, tell Sussex Police and ask how you can preserve the evidence.

Sussex are very fortunate to have a great community of finders, including metal detector users together with a positive and dynamic working relationship between detectorists, archaeologists and the local heritage crime team.  The majority of hobbyists in Sussex care deeply about Sussex’s shared heritage and record their finds with the Portable Antiquities Scheme via Stephanie Smith, Finds Liaison Officer (FLO).  Unfortunately, a small number of detectorists exploit their hobby in order to obtain archaeologically important artefacts and attempt to profit from their illegal activity.  Stephanie Smith, FLO and PCSO Daryl Holter are working closely with the ethical metal detecting community to combat this crime. Their collaboration has resulted in an increase in support for heritage crime reporting across Sussex and also has encouraged larger projects bringing together the archaeological and detecting community as a team.

For further information around metal detecting finds see Historic England and The Portable Antiquity Scheme guidance.

 


 


 

 


 

 


 

 

Subject: HMRC Tax Rebate Scam          25th April 2016



Fraudsters are texting members of the public offering a tax rebate. The text message contains a link to a website and requests to provide personal information, such as bank account information, to claim the nonexistent rebate.

Protect Yourself

  • Don’t click on web links contained in unsolicited texts or emails.
  • Never provide your personal information to a third party from an unsolicited communication.
  • Obtain the genuine number of the organisation being represented and verify the legitimacy of the communication.
  • HMRC will never use texts or emails or tell you about a potential rebate or ask for personal information.
  • If you have provided personal information and you are concerned that your identity may be compromised consider Cifas Protection Registration.

 

 

 

Subject: Weekly Update          Thursday 21st April 2016


 


 

News and appeals

Distinctive jewellery stolen in Petworth antiques shop burglary
 
Police are searching for thieves who stole jewellery valued at £25,000 in a burglary at a Petworth antiques shop.

Chequers Antiques in The Playhouse Gallery, Lombard Street, Petworth was broken into sometime between 5pm on Saturday 26 March and 10.45am on Tuesday 29 March. A suspect or suspects entered through a side window and stole the jewellery.

Police Investigator Martin Butler said: "If you were in Petworth over those days and saw anything suspicious in or around Lombard Street we would like to hear from you.

"We are also keen to hear from anyone who has been offered the jewellery. If you recognise any of it from the photos we are issuing, please call us.

"The items stolen included a number of gold rings with precious stones, a silver snuff box engraved with Russian writing and coat of arms and two pairs of gold cufflinks.

"You can contact us via 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101, quoting serial 436 of 29/03. You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 (www.crimestoppers-org.uk)."


CCTV footage released following Bracklesham Bay burglary
 
Police have released CCTV footage of three people they would like to speak to in connection with a burglary in Bracklesham Bay.

A house in West Bracklesham Drive was broken into at around 12.25pm on Friday, 11 March whilst the owners were away.

Following an untidy search, a number of items were stolen including a gold pencil worth about £445 as well as some gold coins and cufflinks.

You can see the CCTV footage by visiting the Sussex Police Website.

Detective Constable Emma Fields said: "We would like to speak with the three men in the footage or anyone who recognises them and knows of their whereabouts.

"Also, if you were in the area and saw anything suspicious on the afternoon of 11 March, you can email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101 quoting reference 677 of 11/03.”

Alternatively, you can call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 (www.crimestoppers-uk.org).
 


Crime summary
Break to show home at Kings Drive, Midhurst between 14th -15th April. Theft of television. Ref 0466 of 15/4.

Break to sheds in Quarry Lane, Chichester. Theft of fishing equipment and tools. CCTV shows a white van at 5:30am, 18th April. Ref 0230 of 18/4.

Attempt break to containers at Birdham Business Park at approximately 9:17pm on the 19th April. 2 males seen on CCTV. Ref 0087 of 19/4.

A female was arrested for going equipped after being found with a foil lined bag at Waitrose Chichester.
 


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 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101, quoting the reference number provided.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org


 


 




 

 

Subject: Sussex Farm Watch Bulletin          Thursday, 21 April 2016


 


 

Farm Watch Coordinator's Update

This week there have been eight animals reported as loose on the highway. This included three sheep, two cows, two horses and a goat.
 
We have also seen the theft of two more Land Rovers this week. One was taken from Frant Railway Station and is the third to be taken from a railway station in recent weeks. Please advise those who park up at local stations to be aware of these incidents.
 


Crime and incident update

 

Monday 11 April 2016 to Sunday 17 April 2016

Area

Ref

Date

Details

Adur & Worthing

 

 

Nothing reported

Arun

0238

13/04/2016

West Sussex Fire & Rescue attended a fire to a field shelter in Brook Lane, Rustington. It is believed that the ignition was deliberate.

0737

17/04/2016

A blue Alto Milfisk pressure washer, serial number 3520134900733/13/29, together with all its attachments has been stolen from a locked shed on a farm in Arundel Road, Clapham.

Brighton & Hove

 

 

Nothing reported

Chichester

0367

11/04/2016

A barn in Loxwood has been forcefully entered. Internal offices were broken into and an untidy search was made but nothing taken from it. A boat engine, make and serial number not available at this time, was stolen.

0258

12/04/2016

The padlock and chain has been removed from a field in Fishbourne.

0311

12/04/2016

A single axled Ifor Williams trailer, model unknown, has been stolen from land in Woodhorn Lane, Oving.

1012

12/04/2016

The barn to a farm in Farm Lane, Nutbourne was entered by smashing the lock. 100 litres of red diesel was syphoned from a tractor. Also stolen was an Ifor Williams quadbike trailer, this has a single axle and a ramp.

Crawley

0957

12/04/2016

An unsuccessful attempt was made to steal a horse trailer from equestrian premises in Turners Hill Road, Crawley.

Eastbourne

 

 

Nothing reported

Gatwick

 

 

Nothing reported

Hastings

 

 

Nothing reported

Horsham

0511
 
0509

11/04/2016

A battery was removed and stolen from a tractor in West Chiltington Lane, Billingshurst. A neighbouring property was also entered and lighting equipment was stolen.

Lewes

 

 

Nothing reported

Mid Sussex

0504

17/04/2016

Horse riders have complained that they are being harassed by a male on a trial bike deliberately riding at them on the bridleway. In the process one rider was thrown but thankfully not injured.

Rother

0691

13/04/2016

A shepherd has reported that his sheep have been attacked by a Bull Mastiff in Pett.

1074

16/04/2016

It has been reported that an attempt has been made to dig out a badger sett in the Brightling area.

Wealden

1105

11/04/2016

A farmer in Herons Ghyll reports that person or persons unknown have removed the circuit board to the electric gates of the farm.

0857

12/04/2016

A Twose grass thatch roller and a set of 10’ Tandel flat rollers, together with a blue flatbed hay trailer have been stolen from Splaynes Green, Fletching. 

0199

13/04/2016

A black Land Rover Defender with a reg similar to GU6!!CT has been stolen from Station Road, Isfield.

1329

13/04/2016

A Land Rover Discovery with a Reg similar to KK6!!CO has been stolen from Frant Railway Station.




 


 

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 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101, quoting the reference number provided.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

 


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 online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101, quoting the reference number provided.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org
 

Area

Officer

Email

Adur and Worthing

PS Steve Turner
PCSO Stewart Metcalfe

stephen.turner@sussex.pnn.police.uk
stewart.metcalfe@sussex.pnn.police.uk

Arun

PCSO Loraine Dixon

loraine.dixon@sussex.pnn.police.uk

Brighton and Hove

PC Andrea Leahy

andrea.leahy@sussex.pnn.police.uk

Chichester

PCSO Craig Dunlop

robert.dunlop@sussex.pnn.police.uk

Crawley

PS Chris Glasspool

christopher.glasspool@sussex.pnn.police.uk

Eastbourne

PEO Louis Thompson

louis.thompson@sussex.pnn.police.uk

Hastings

PC Nick Bellhouse

nicholas.bellhouse@sussex.pnn.police.uk

Horsham

PEO Louisa Hull

louisa.hull@sussex.pnn.police.uk

Lewes

PC Pete Hall

peter.hall@sussex.pnn.police.uk

Mid Sussex

PCSO Eve Maryan

eve.maryan@sussex.pnn.police.uk

Rother

PCSO Daryl Holter

daryl.holter@sussex.pnn.police.uk

Wealden

PCSO Sarah Roberts

sarah.roberts@sussex.pnn.police.uk

 


 



 


 

 

Subject: Social Media Ticket Fraud


The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) has recently received an influx of reports that fraudsters are targeting the public, via social media, in relation to football tickets.
 
Fraudsters are posting pictures or statuses online telling members of the public to contact them via Direct Message for football tickets. This then leads to a mobile messaging conversation. During the conversation, bank details are provided by the suspect so that the tickets can be purchased.
 
After the victim has paid for the ticket the fraudster blocks them to stop further conversation, leaving victims without the tickets and out of pocket.
 
Protect yourself:

  • Check the security of the website and validity of the post
  • Avoid taking the conversation offline to private messages
  • When purchasing any products over the internet always try to make the payment via PayPal or a credit card where you have some sort of payment cover

 
If you, or anyone you know, have been affected by this fraud or any other scam, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk.
 


 

 

Subject: Payment Diversion Alert


This is a message sent via Neighbourhood Watch. This information has been sent on behalf of Action Fraud (National Fraud Intelligence Bureau)


Fraudsters are targeting members of the public who are expecting to make a payment for property repairs. The fraudsters, via email, will purport to be a tradesman who has recently completed work at the property and use a similar email address to that of the genuine tradesman. They will ask for funds to be transferred via bank transfer and once payment is made the victims of the fraud soon realise they have been deceived when the genuine tradesman requests payment for their services.

Protect Yourself:

  • Always check the email address is exactly the same as previous correspondence with the genuine contact.
  • For any request of payment via email verify the validity of the request with a phone call to the person who carried out the work.
  • Check the email for spelling and grammar as these signs can indicate that the email is not genuine.
  • Payments via bank transfer offer no financial protection; consider using alternative methods such as a credit card or PayPal which offer some protection and avenue for recompense.

If you believe that you have been a victim of fraud you can report it online at:  http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/report_fraud or by telephone on: 0300 123 2040.


 


 

 

Subject: Fake Email Addresses


This alert is a reminder to be aware of emails that appear to have been sent from a legitimate organisation. Fraudsters often use fake email addresses designed to encourage recipients to open attachments or links. You are advised that if you are in any doubt as to the origin of an email, do not open it. Consider that emails can be spoofed and used to generate spam to recipients far and wide. If you receive a spam email, you MUST NOT open it. Instead, delete it from your email system to avoid infecting your device. If you have opened an attachment from a spam email, you should get your device checked over by a professional and change the passwords for all your bank, email and online shopping accounts.
 
Protect yourself:

  • Do not click or open unfamiliar links in emails or on websites.
  • Make sure you install and use up-to-date anti-virus software.
  • Have a pop-up blocker running in the background of your web browser.
  • If you have opened an attachment and ‘enabled macros’ it is very likely that all your personal data will have been breached. You MUST change all your passwords for personal accounts, including your bank accounts.
  • Ensure Adobe, Flash and any similar software is up to date on your computer.

 
If you think you have been a victim of this type of email you should report the email to Action Fraud, the UK’s national fraud and cyber crime reporting centre: www.actionfraud.police.uk If you do make a report please provide as much detail as you can about the email and any effects it has had on your computer. Additionally if your Anti-Virus software detects any issues in relation to this email please provide us with the details.