Today (1st September 2022) sees the launch of the new National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) Wildlife & Rural Crime Strategy for 2022-2025. DCC Debbie Ford, NPCC lead for Rural and Wildlife Crime, states “I am proud to introduce the new three-year strategy for rural and wildlife crime. This strategy will build on the work undertaken […]
Defendants: Caer Construction (Directors Jan MILSOM and Mark POTTER) PC1154 Mark Powell the Natural Resources Wales seconded police officer successfully prosecuted Caer Construction Limited (a housing development company based largely within Monmouthshire) for Bat Offences on 26th July 2022. Directors Jan MILSOM and Mark POTTER carried out a renovation of a former primary school at […]
Two men from Chester, 35-year-old Warren Kelly (29/05/1986) of Sycamore Drive and 58-year-old Andrew Dutton of Clover Place (20/07/1964) have both been given five year criminal behaviour orders (CBOs), after they were convicted of four offences under the Game Act and two offences under the Hunting act, for Hare Coursing in Ormskirk, West Lancashire. […]
Relaxation of Covid-19 travel restrictions saw the return of the ‘glass eels in a suitcase’ modus operandi. A joint operation by European law enforcement entities has dealt yet another major blow to organised crime groups involved in global glass eel trafficking. Operation Lake VI ran from November 2021 to June 2022, with Europol, EFCA, OLAF, […]
THREE tawny owls were seized at a house in St Helens as police carried out a raid as part of an investigation into an alleged “wild bird disturbance” in Cheshire. Officers in St Helens joined Cheshire Police Rural Crime Team to execute the warrant on Monday morning. The raid was in connection with allegations of […]
Two people are due to appear in court charged in connection with cruelty to a fox. In December 2021 ITV News revealed footage showing a fox being allegedly manhandled in a wood in Essex. Now police say they have charged 49-year-old Paul O’Shea with hunting a wild mammal with dogs and causing unnecessary suffering […]
Three men accused of committing offences under Section 1 of the Night Poaching Act 1828, pleaded guilty at Northampton Magistrates’ Court. The trio were charged with trespassing on private land for the purpose of catching wildlife after a suspicious van parked near Moonshine Gap in Wellingborough, on December 5 last year, was reported to Northamptonshire Police. […]
A dead kite which was shot has been found a public footpath in Wiltshire. Wiltshire Rural Crime Team posted on Facebook appealing for information, after the bird was found close to Hens Wood, Axford, on April 20th 2022. This followed a report from a member of the public. Further forensic work into the cause […]
The carcasses of two birds of prey have been found beside a bus stop in Gloucestershire. Police are investigating after a dead goshawk and a dead sparrowhawk were found close to Aylburton in the Forest of Dean. The male goshawk was just shy of 17-years-old and X-rays show it had been killed with a shotgun. […]
A man has been sentenced after he was prosecuted for disturbing dolphins off the North Yorkshire coast. On 9 July 2021 Christopher Barker, 45, from Brompton-by-Sawdon, was seen to drive his high-powered speedboat numerous times around a pod of bottlenose dolphins feeding close to the shore off Scarborough’s South Bay. His actions – described […]
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