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    Sussex Poachers Arrested

    I was sent this press release from a friend who works at the Shooting Times as they know I stalk in Sussex. So glad to see the police allocating a proper resource to dealing with poaching.

    This can only help law abiding stalkers and the welfare of deer which we all care about so passionately..

    I thought this may be of interest to SD members.

    I hope all forces are taking this stance. Lets hope the poachers get more than fines and slaps on the wrists.


    SUSSEX POLICE NEWS SERVICE


    Press Officer: Andy Freeman

    Telephone: 01273 404173

    Issue Date: 21/12/2009

    No: 29302

    Title: FIVE ARRESTED AFTER DAWN POACHING RAIDS

    Sussex Police investigating a commercial deer poaching operation in the Rother district of East Sussex have made five arrests after a series of dawn raids this morning (Monday, December 21).

    More than 50 officers, accompanied by colleagues from the National Wildlife Crime Unit, RSPCA, Trading Standards, Rother District Council and the British Association for Shooting and Conservation, executed warrants in Bexhill, Brightling, Ninfield, Robertsbridge, Saleshurst and Broad Oak, Heathfield. They seized a large number of fireams and animal carcasses and meat, including deer and wild boar.

    Five men aged 21, 47, 49, 63 and 74, were arrested under suspicion of offences under the Deer Act 1991 and are now being questioned further about firearms and wildlife offences.

    Alan Roberts, from the National Wildlife Crime Unit, who attended several of the locations, said: "Commercial poaching is a serious problem on various levels including public health, where meat is introduced illegally into the system, and public safety, as many of the deer are shot at night using high powered weapons.

    "There is also a significant risk to animals not killed in a clinical, professional manner and with weapons not suitable for the size of beast."

    Ch Insp Heather Keating, Rother district policing commander, said: "This is not a romanticised image of the local poacher taking 'one for the pot', but a highly organised and criminal taking of wild animals for big profits. We are responding to local concerns about the scale of the problem and will continue to react to any direct reports of poaching or evidence of its taking place, such as discarded deer heads, feet and entrails."

    If anyone has information about poaching, they should contact 0845 60 70 999 and if in regard to these particular incidents, quote Operation Hallend.

    Incident Reference: 180:21:12:2009

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    a first of many i hope

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    Be good to think they will be eating porage, instead of turkey!

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    Yip, and cars,vans through the crusher as can happen with vihicles used in the execution of a crime/
    Jim

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    A great xmas present for the poachers, and the police deserve a big pat on the back.
    Hopefully the police down my way will find the resources to do the same.
    Cheers
    Richard

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    At last some posative action from the boys in blue. Good to hear that they are taking this type of criminal activity seriously, lets hope they role out a similar programme across the UK

    But I wont hold my breath just yet

    Good news all the same

    Sikamalc

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    Quote Originally Posted by finnbear270
    Be good to think they will be eating porage, instead of turkey!
    Youre joking there Steve..

    They will be having a better Christmas dinner than our lads on the front line

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    I know that neck of the woods quite well and know of some of the local 'Characters'. I would be very interested to see the names. I hope the arrests are followed through to become convictions and sentences, alot can go wrong along the way. Fingers crossed. JC

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    Quote Originally Posted by pheasant sniper 1
    Quote Originally Posted by finnbear270
    Be good to think they will be eating porage, instead of turkey!
    Youre joking there Steve..

    They will be having a better Christmas dinner than our lads on the front line
    Yeah, you have a valid point there! , Mind you, I do still like the tinned chicken liver pate, with biscuits brown to shovel with!, never could decide if the biccies were sweet or savoury

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