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Sussex Horse Watch

Sussex Horse Watch was established to assist in reducing equine related crime through the scheme, which works closely with police and rural communities across Sussex.

Local Contact: David Hammond


Trailer Towing

14th September 2014

"Sussex Police have asked me to remind members about the rules concerning towing horse boxes. This is because they have noticed many vehicles pulling trailers are not legal and rather than just stopping and prosecuting you they wanted to give you a last chance."

"Firstly you must have an appropriate Driving Licence (see below) then there is the question of, is the vehicle you tow with legally allowed to tow a trailer, if it is not (and many are not) when using it to tow, you are not insured. Not only that you vehicle will be impounded and you will automatically get 6 points on your licence, plus a £200/£300 fine. So please check the regulations."

"Just because you are pulling an empty trailer does not exempt you from the regulations, the law always looks at the maximum gross weight. If you are not sure if you look at the registration document of your vehicle it states on it the maximum gross towing weights, then look at the plate on your trailer (usually on the draw bar) that gives you the gross maximum weights."

Phillip Ball

Towing with a Car or Small 4x4

Driving licence rules and what you can tow

The rules on what you can tow are different depending on when you passed your driving test.

Licences issued from 19th January 2013

From 19th January 2013, drivers passing a category B (car and small vehicle) test can tow:

  • small trailers weighing no more than 750kg
  • tow a trailer over 750kg as long as the combined weight of the trailer and towing vehicle is no more than 3,500kg Maximum Authorised Mass (MAM)

If you want to tow a trailer weighing more than 750kg, when the combined weight of the towing vehicle and trailer is more than3,500kg, you’ll have to pass a further test and get B+E entitlement on your licence.

You’ll then be able to tow trailers up to 3,500kg.

Licences held from 1st January 1997

If you passed your driving test after 1st January 1997 and have an ordinary category B (car) licence, you can:

  • drive a vehicle up to 3.5 tonnes or 3,500kg MAM towing a trailer of up to 750kg MAM
  • tow a trailer over 750kg MAM as long as the combined weight of the trailer and towing vehicle is no more than 3,500kg

For anything heavier you need to take a category B+E driving test.

Licences held before 1st January 1997

If you passed your car test before 1st January 1997 you are generally entitled to drive a vehicle and trailer combination up to 8.25 tonnes MAM.

This is the weight of a vehicle or trailer including the maximum load that can be carried safely when it’s being used on the road.

You also have entitlement to drive a minibus with a trailer over 750kg MAM.

Towing heavier combinations

If you want to tow heavier combinations, you’ll have to first apply for provisional entitlement to the new C1+E entitlement. You’ll then have to pass the category C theory test and C1+E practical test.

Once you've done this you can drive vehicles and trailers with a combined weight of up to 12 tonnes MAM.


A Safe Home for Rescued Horses

12th September 2014

"This morning I attended a meeting at Sussex Police HQ to discuss various subjects, one was a topic that I know is very close to many members hearts, stray/abandoned horses, horses tethered on the highway/public grounds. Sussex Police are working together with Surrey Police to devise a scheme whereby such horses are collected and placed in "A Safe Home". When a horse is found and the owner cannot be traced, the horse/pony/donkey would be collected and taken to a secret safe home and a notice would be posted where the equine has been collected from stating that if the owner wants their animal back they must produce proof of ownership in the form of an up to date passport. If this cannot be produced within 49 days then the animal will be sold (usually at auction)."

"I am looking for are land owners who would be prepared to look after these horse/pony/donkeys. It is vital that these people keep the fact secret that they from time to time look after rescued equines. If you feel that you have somewhere to accommodate one of these horses please let me know and I will pass it on to the powers that be. Please do not tell anyone else that you have put yourself forward."

"As far as I am aware this task will be carried out on on voluntary basis, but I would suspect that if say vets fees become payable these could paid out of any monies that these poor animals fetch when sold."

Phillip Ball


Stolen: Jump 4 Joy Jump Stands

Approximately 10 sets of assorted coloured Jump 4 Joy, jump stands, uprights and wings all including the jump cups have been stolen from a field at Mayfield Girls School. These were marked with an indelible pen with the word "Mayfield" but it could have worn off by now. No poles were stolen. Have they been stolen to use at an event that is coming up within the next few weeks.

If you are attending any shows in the near future please keep a look out, or indeed if you are offered any on the cheap please contact Sussex Police on the Non Emergency Number: 101 and quote Crime Reference: 0549 of 07/09/2014.


Stolen Ifor Williams Trailer

Overnight Sunday/Monday (31st August - 1st September) a black Ifor Williams 505 trailer (old style) was stolen from a yard in South Lane, Woodmancote, West Sussex.

We do not have a serial number for it but it has several identifiable things about it:

  1. Its wheels are painted white instead of the standard silver.
  2. It has a silver spare wheel cover.
  3. The rear has, instead of plastic covered chains, straps made of leg strap material.
  4. The interior has been painted orange in colour.

Black Ifor Williams 505 Trailer The accompanying photographs that will give you some idea of what we are looking for.

If you have any information on this, please call Sussex Police on the Non Emergency Number of 101 and quote Crime Reference number 0260 of 02/09/2014.

Please note that what a lot of Ifor Williams owners are not aware of is that if you go onto the Ifor Williams website you can report your trailer stolen, but you must have the serial number of the trailer, they will then register your trailer stolen on their computer. Then if anyone orders spares for it they know it is stolen.



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