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Police give notice to poachers in the Ribble Valley


Police are giving notice to suspected poachers in the Ribble Valley that they are on their tail.

Almost 100 warning letters have been sent out to suspected poachers to warn them about the penalties they face.

Vehicle number plates noted by residents, police officers or other partner agencies such as park wardens, will result in the registered owner receiving a letter explaining that if they are involved in poaching they risk having any equipment – including their dogs – seized and that they could face prosecution.

Police are working closely with gamekeepers and other organisations including the Environment Agency, the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC), land owners and farmers as part of Operation Sika, which has been running in the Ribble Valley for four years.

“Also the rivers in our area are well stocked with salmon and sea trout and we have had reports of illegal netting.

“The ‘anti poaching’ letters highlight the action that will be taken against anyone caught poaching and the serious consequences they face by being part of this organised crime.

“We have seen a decrease in reported incidents over the last few years and this is down to the work being carried by Ribble Valley patrols along with our partners. The use of the Farm Watch scheme also helps to spread important crime prevention messages about rural crime.

“We also have a new thermal imaging camera, which detects body heat, making it much easier for us to track down offenders.

“We take a tough stance on rural crime and through working very closely with our partners we have created a database of intelligence against suspected rural crime offenders.”

Officers are encouraging local residents to report any suspicious activity in rural areas in a bid to crack down on poaching and other associated crime, such as theft of farming equipment.

PC Chew added: “By working together we can clamp down on poachers and protect our valuable game and fish stocks.”

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