Poachers targeted in police operations near Chipping Sodbury

October 04 2016

MORE than 50 vehicles were stopped and checked by police between Chipping Sodbury and Wiltshire in an operation targeting poachers.

MORE than 50 vehicles were stopped and checked by police between Chipping Sodbury and Wiltshire in an operation targeting poachers.
South Gloucestershire-based officers teamed up with Wiltshire colleagues in two overnight operations.
It led to two men being arrested and bailed on suspicion of poaching, two uninsured vehicles being taken off the road and high-powered lamps thought to be used in poaching being seized. One person was also issued with a cannabis warning.
Neighbourhood PC Dan Jones said: “We are running these operations as a result of information from the community about rural crime, especially poaching.
“We’ve had really good feedback from local people. I hope they feel reassured by the action we’ve been taking and that criminals will think twice about offending in the area.
“We know these criminals don’t worry about causing damage to crops and property when they trespass for game.”
Police said poaching was no longer about an individual taking one or two animals for the pot.
It now involved organised groups taking game and livestock to sell into the food chain with no regard for the welfare of the animals or the unsuspecting end customer.
A number of potential health risks were associated with eating illegally caught game, including contamination from unhygienic processing techniques.
Police column, page 33