Thieves were busy across Wealden in the run-up to Christmas and the New Year. Sussex police ‘Farmwatch’ reports during December highlight thefts of farm equipment, tack, heating oil, jewellery and even construction vehicles. Wealden Chief Inspector Dick Coates told the Express: “Crime is still down this year but any crime is one too many. I would ask people to report anything suspicious at the time they see it so we can check it out.”
On December 13 intruders broke into an garage in Maresfield and stole tools. Police say a white Ford Transit panel van, registration SJ10 RXR has been seen around the county where drivers offered to sell chainsaws. Overnight between December 10-11 thieves stole a Manatou construction vehicle from a farm at Hammerwood. It is described as being a red MLA627T model, registration: P672 VCD. The day before there was a break-in to a house on Mardens Hill, Crowborough.
Diesel was siphoned from the tanks of several vehicles parked on a farm at Maresfield sometime between December 7-10. Earlier in the month a red Honda TR350 was stolen from Five Ash Down and heating oil siphoned from a tank in Down Lane, Piltdown on December 9. A large quantity of split logs was also taken.
Overnight between December 5-6 a farm building in Fletching was broken into. Police say thieves have targeted parked cars on the Ashdown Forest. And between December 3-4 a grey Land Rover was stolen from a Fletching farm.
Two Husqvarna chainsaws, a hedge trimmer, welder and two cordless drills were stolen during a break-in at London Road, Forest Row and jewellery taken from a house in Batts Bridge Road, Maresfield. More equipment in the form of a Dewalt compound mitre saw, 240-110v transformer, Hilti SDS masonry drill, Makita battery drill, Dewalt battery drill, quarter inch router and jig saw were taken from the back of a van parked on Warren Road, Crowborough.
The same day a set of Pro Am clubs in a green golf bag was stolen from a property on Crowborough Hill while a cutter, rotavator and strimmer were taken from containers at Lewes Road, Uckfield. A large quantity of meat was stolen from a farm shop in Mark Cross and a compressor stored at Gun Road, Blackboys was stolen while 24 batteries were taken from a forklift truck in Forest Row.