Our Rural Crime Team have had a meeting with Maria Caulfield to address a few issues that have been raised by the local farmers.
Due to the lockdown the following concerns were raised at the meeting.
*Damage to footpaths and fencing.
*Damage to signage.
*Damage to rights of way through excessive erosion.
*Horses using footpaths instead of bridleways.
*People straying off footpaths and over private property.
*Increased public order incidents when behaviour is challenged by the land owners.
*Increased livestock worrying incidents.
Our response to this will be the following:-
*Police signage to be handed to local farmers.
*A concerted amount of time will be spent in these areas, especially on sunny days where footfall is going to be greatly increased.
*Fines will be issued to people breaching Covid-19 guidelines.
*PC’s will issue Community Protection Warnings to people who have no control (verbal or otherwise) over their dogs.
*Social media will be used to help educate people on the importance of respecting the countryside.
There is also DPA’s in place which is directed patrol activity in these areas to help be a increased presence and help educate people.
If you hear about any of the issues raised then please let us know either by reporting things via 101 or let your local PCSO know.
PCSO Rose Stainer
Lewes Neighbourhood Policing Team