> Ashdown Forest Watch
Forest Watch is an innovative multi-agency initiative developed jointly between the Public, the Police, the Conservators of the Forest and the Fire Brigade. It is aimed primarily at local users of the Forest area so that their local knowledge and experience can be put to good use as they go about their daily routine.

The aim of Sussex Police is to encourage local people to feel part of a large team working together to prevent and detect crime of all types in the area. All the community can join - age and physical ability do not matter as long as they are observant and report accurately and promptly anything they consider suspicious.

Did you know that the Forest covers some 6,500 acres? It is visited by just under 1.5 million people every year - of whom 80 percent arrive by car. Of these car borne visitors 80 percent walk no further than 400 yards from the car park!

Vehicle crime totalled some 20,000 last year. Forest Watch is a multi-edged tool that can help in ways that perhaps people have not considered, e.g. detection of burglars and arsonists, dangerous dogs and sheep worrying, fly-tipping and other anti-social behaviour, as well as location of vunerable or missing persons.

If you are local and would like to join why not apply for an application form today?

Please write to: Mrs Winfield, East Grinstead Police Station, East Court, East Grinstead, West Sussex RH19 3LX.