Farmers warned after suspected Animal Liberation Front incident

By Harry Bullmore
The Argus

FARMERS have been warned to look out for their livestock after a suspected raid by animal activists.

A Lewes Police officer reported the incident today at a poultry farm and told people to “be vigilant”.They said: “All farms and farmers who have livestock should be on their guard and make adequate security arrangements.”

Sussex Police spokesman said: “On Thursday morning we received a report that sometime overnight at a farm in the Ditchling area which includes some poultry sheds. “Graffiti, including the word ‘ALF’ had been scrawled on the sheds.

“The unlocked sheds had been opened but no birds are believed to have been taken or escaped and there was no other damage. “The graffiti was removed by staff. This is an isolated incident, but local farms are being made aware.

“Anyone with information can contact the police online at or by calling 101, quoting serial 363 of 22/08.”The farm is not being named at the request of the owners.”

The Animal Liberation Front is an activist group which pursues animal rights by removing animals from farms and laboratories. In the past it has also damaged properties belonging to people it believes exploit animals.