Thieves target rural properties in East Sussex

CRIMINALS are still targeting rural properties in East Sussex and the number of thefts of heating oil are rising, according to details published on the police Farmwatch website.

Homes left unoccupied were particularly vulnerable and police advise householders to invest in good security, fix timeswitches to lights and ensure there is a neighbour or friend to call in and check premises.

Among items posted is the theft of heating oil from a storage tank on Bayham Road, Little Bayham some time between December 10-22.

In another raid where time was difficult to pinpoint, a Marin Mount vision mountain bike was stolen from the garage at a property in Cansiron Lane, Ashurst Wood between December 16-22.

Thieves were foiled when they made an unsuccessful attempt to steal a quad bike from a locked grain store in Fletching overnight between December 23-24.

And during the same night a green Yamaha Grizzly 350 quad bike was stolen from a property on Wilderness Lane, Hadlow Down.

In another night-time raid, a secure barn on a property on Butcherfield Lane, Hartfield was broken into and a steam cleaner stolen.

Police say that some time over the last seven to ten days an attempt was made to break into a garage on Ghyll Road, Crowborough.

While at about 4.30pm on December 23 a small T-registered black car was seen hanging around on the private drive to a home on Mayfield Road, between Frant and Mayfield. Local people have been advised to watch out for it.

A Farmwatch subscriber told police a white oil tanker with blue lettering on the side pulled up in front of his property next to the oil tank early one morning. The vehicle stopped for a couple of minutes while the driver turned on his cab light and started jotting notes. The caller said it was too dark to see much of the tanker and read the number plate but he assumes it will try and come back in the early hours. He went on: “I have a number of dogs so he will be hard pushed to go undisturbed.”

Crowborough police report that a 22 year old woman was charged on Christmas Day with being drunk in charge of a vehicle. There was a high value theft of copper cabling, three hoax calls and two road traffic crashes. But they report it was a fairly quiet period in the town over the holiday with 14 incidents recorded plus three in Forest Row.