Police launch deer poaching initiative

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Police operation follows discovery of severed stag heads revealed in last week’s Gazette.

A POLICE operation has launched this week to reduce deer poaching in Devon and Cornwall.

The news comes after the Gazette revealed last week 11 severed stags heads had been discovered at a lay by in South Molton.

Project Trespass, launched by the National Wildlife Crime Unit in partnership with the Deer Initiative (DI) and the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) aims to provide a co-ordinated approach to poaching.

Meetings will take place in Lynton Town Hall on Thursday and Shirwell Village Hall on November 22 to raise awareness of the problem with guest speakers from DI and BASC.

Sergeant Dave Knight, from the Force Wildlife Crime Group, said: “Poaching, including deer poaching, is a criminal offence.


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“Enforcement is a key part of Project Trespass but we rely heavily on information from the public in order to target unlawful poaching activity and offenders.

“Any suspected incidents of deer poaching should be reported immediately.”

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Anyone with any information regarding poaching can contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111, or via www.Crimestoppers-uk.org.

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