Po­lice ap­peal for help in the wake of grow­ing ru­ral thefts

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Po­lice are ap­peal­ing for in­for­ma­tion in the wake of a grow­ing spate of ru­ral thefts across the Mid­hurst and Pet­worth area.

On Mon­day, Jan­uary 21 a farm build­ing was bro­ken into on Lon­don Road at Northchape­l and a mini dig­ger was stolen. (Se­rial 0214 21/1).

Be­tween Jan­uary 20 and Jan­uary 21 a hand­crafted gar­den chair was taken from The Street at St­ed­ham (0470 21/1)and an out­build­ing at Kird­ford was bro­ken into where the house was be­ing re­fur­bished. Items in­clud­ing a ride-on lawn­mower, York stone and lead from a roof were stolen. (0355 21/1)

A farm out­build­ing was bro­ken into in Ward­ley Lane at Mil­land on Thurs­day, Jan­uary 24 and a Honda TR420 red quad bike was taken. (0069 21/1) The fol­low­ing day, po­lice re­ceived a re­port of a garage be­ing bro­ken into on New Road, Mid­hurst. Noth­ing was stolen but dam­age was caused to the door. (0763 25/1)

On Sun­day, Jan­uary 27 a bur­glary was re­ported to a house in Hasle­mere Road, Fern­hurst. (0217 22/1) and the same day a mo­bile cof­fee van was bro­ken into in Guild­ford Road at Lox­wood and the con­tents were stolen. (0309 27/1)

Three valu­able trac­tors were also stolen from a farm in Slade Lane at Ro­gate the same day. One was later re­cov­ered but two red Fendt ve­hi­cles are still miss­ing. (Se­rial 0411 27/1)

In the early hours of last Tues­day, (Jan­uary 29) vans, equip­ment and tools worth £25,000 were stolen from Strud­wick Scaf­fold­ing at St­ed­ham Sawmills

Any­one who saw or heard any­thing, or has in­for­ma­tion is asked to re­port it to po­lice at https://www.sus­sex.po­lice. uk/con­tact-us/re­port-on­line/ quot­ing the ref­er­ence num­ber pro­vided. In­for­ma­tion can also be emailed to po­lice at [email protected]­sex.pnn.po­lice. uk, call 101 or con­tact the in­de­pen­dent char­ity Crimes­top­pers, anony­mously, on 0800 555 111, or on­line at www.crimes­top­pers-uk.org.

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