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ILLEGAL HARE COURSING
Hare coursing, poaching and associated issues of antisocial behaviour is a growing problem in Wiltshire, and the damage to communities – especially to farmers and their properties – can be considerable. Hare coursers are not simply a few individuals quietly chasing hares on unused land: they are often large groups who show serious contempt for the law, wildlife and the countryside.
14th September 2017: Three Arrested for Poaching Offences in the Salisbury Area
Three men have been arrested for poaching and hare coursing offences in the Salisbury area. The men, aged 22, 27 and 35, were arrested yesterday afternoon on suspicion of daytime trespass in pursuit of poaching. They’ve all been released under investigation.
The arrests are part of Wiltshire Police’s proactive wider operation, Op Artemis, to counter all forms of poaching and sits within the national operation ‘Project Poacher’.
Community Policing Sergeant Michael Standing said: “We want to send all poachers a clear message that Wiltshire Police is committed to tackling coursing and poaching. Wiltshire is not a soft touch and we will seek to prosecute individuals who seek to commit poaching related offences within the county where evidence exists.
“Wiltshire is a rural county and we want to reassure those in our most rural areas that we are dedicated to tackling crimes that affect them the most. Rural issues like poaching have an undeniably negative impact on farmers and gamekeepers quality of life.”
Please report all incidents of poaching to the police on 101 or 999 if a crime is in progress.
See the latest Notice about the NFU’s new signage to raise awareness here…
WHAT YOU CAN DO
- Report any suspicious activity: call 101 (or 999 if its actually in progress) or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111
- Sign up to www.wiltsmessaging.co.uk : Local officers and the Rural Crime Team send out free messages (as emails, texts and voicemails) about local police and crime matters. This could be a warning about potential hare coursing in the area.
- Report sightings to the Hare Preservation Trust who will record any persecution http://www.hare-preservation-trust.co.uk/sighting.php
- More here on a recent debate in the house of commons in which our MP Andrew Murrison participated: https://hansard.parliament.uk/…/RuralPolicingAndHareCoursing
In general, wildlife crime is any action which contravenes current legislation governing the protection of the UK’s wild animals and plants and includes:
- Hare Coursing
- Deer poaching
- Fish poaching
- Badger persecution – including baiting, snaring, shooting, and disturbance of setts
- Bat persecution
- Egg theft / collection
- Bird of Prey persecution – through poisoning, trapping, shooting, disturbance of nest and/or theft of chicks
- The trade in ivory, tortoises, rhino horn and other protected species covered by CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) including caviar, Traditional Chinese Medicines, and orchids)
- Non registration of certain birds and animals that require licensing through DEFRA/Animal Health if kept in captivity or sold
If you witness a suspected wildlife crime in action call 999 immediately and ask for the police. For all other enquires call your local Police on 101.
If you have any information which you wish to report anonymously please contact Crime Stoppers
1 Amesbury Road, Newton Tony
Mike and Marylin Korkis
Emergency 07850 7788752, Enquiries 01980 629470