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Frome Rural PACT priority – Poaching

Gamekeepers and the farming community are often those most affected by or are witness to rural crime. They provide the eyes and the ears of the countryside and often suffer the consequences of rural crime.

 

Poaching can lead to several animal welfare issues, serious loss of income from the illegal taking of game and the damage which many offenders carry out to farmland in the process of carrying out these crimes.

Poachers are usually involved with many other rural crimes as well as landowners and gamekeepers.

Please remain vigilant and report anything suspicious by calling 101. Any intelligence you can provide to please reference the rural beat team would much appreciate poaching/rural crime.

Useful free app regarding poaching is now available at www.projectpoacher.com

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  • Tuesday 17th March, 2020

    We are working with our colleagues within the Avon and Somerset Rural Affairs Unit and Wiltshire Police to share intelligence and target vehicles and persons involved in poaching activity.

     

  • Thursday 27th February, 2020

    We have not received any new intelligence to suggest any poaching or hare coursing.

    However, we would encourage you to remain vigilant and contact us with any information you have regarding this matter.

    These issues can be reported via 999 emergencies, 101 non-emergency or if you wish to remain anonymous you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

  • Wednesday 29th January, 2020

    Two vehicles have been seized and taken off our roads this week. These vehicles were highlighted to us and neighbouring forces of being involved in poaching / hare coursing activity.

    You can pass on important intelligence via 101 or text information via our FARMWATCH text number 07492888109 (No crimes to be reported via this text number). Alternatively if you wish to remain anonymous you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

  • Tuesday 21st January, 2020

    It was decided by our rural communities that attended the PACT meeting last night (20/01/2020) that this should remain as one of our priorities. Please continue to check our progression and updates reference this issue via this page and our social media platforms.

  • Tuesday 14th January, 2020

    Some of our rural stakeholders are now displaying our poaching awareness signage. This acts as a reminder to everyone that poaching is a crime and should be reported via 999 emergency, 101 non-emergency or alternatively if you wish to remain anonymous you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

    If you would like some of our signage please contact us using the form on the main Frome Rural North page or come along to one of our planned events.

  • Sunday 15th December, 2019

    There have been recent reports of poaching in the Frome area. Please consider the following action for a poaching incident / event:

    • ring 999 If in progress / poaching is taking place, criminal damage or threats etc.
    • ring 101 if the offenders have already left the scene

    In both cases, please give the following information:

    • your details
    • location
    • persons involved
    • description of  the activity e.g. dogs involved chasing hare
    • details of any vehicle involved –registration, colour, make/model.
  • Saturday 30th November, 2019

    The neighbourhood policing team recently carried out an anti-poaching operation covering the Frome and Shepton rural beats. Patrols carried out intelligence led.

    It is important to report poaching – If you have seen any sightings of suspicious vehicles, padlocks being cropped on gates, vehicle tyre marks in fields / gateways. We need to know what is happening in our rural communities’ regarding poaching activity – Locations, times and descriptions of incidents.

    You can pass on important intelligence via 101 or text information via our FARMWATCH text number 07492888109 (No crimes to be reported via this text number). Alternatively if you wish to remain anonymous you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

  • Tuesday 29th October, 2019

    At the recent Frome rural PACT meeting on the 29/10, it was agreed by all those that attended to continue with this as being one of the rural priorities.

  • Friday 11th October, 2019

    Anti-poaching operation carried out this week.

    High visibility patrols of rural locations and surrounding areas identified by intelligence, for the purpose of locating and disrupting offenders committing poaching offences. Numerous vehicles stopped during this operation.

    Meetings have been held with a neighbouring police force where intelligence has been shared about individuals, vehicles and locations involved in poaching activity.

  • Sunday 22nd September, 2019

    The Neighbourhood Policing Team have been actively patrolling at locations that have been identified to us as having issues of poaching/ hare coursing.

    A vehicle that has been linked with poaching / hare coursing has been seized by officers and taken off the road. One less vehicle on the road committing offences of this nature.

  • Friday 13th September, 2019

    A number of Incidents of hare coursing have been reported this week around the Frome rural area. Hare coursing was banned in the UK by the Hunting Act 2004, but the underground scene is thriving.

    Poaching of this nature can lead to a number of animal welfare issues, serious cost to our rural landowners / farmers by damage caused to often cropped fields/land. By the use of the force Farm Watch alert scheme, social media and national radio we have received some good information about locations, vehicles involved in these incidents. We will use this Information to target offenders.

  • Friday 6th September, 2019

    The importance of reporting poaching – If you have seen any sightings of suspicious vehicles, padlocks being cropped on gates, vehicle tyre marks in fields / gateways. We need to know what is happening in our rural communities’ reference poaching activity – Locations, times and descriptions of incidents.

    You can pass on Important Intelligence via 101 or text information via our FARMWATCH text number 07492888109(No crimes to be reported via this text number) alternatively if you wish to remain anonymous you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

  • Friday 6th September, 2019

    Patrols have been conducted by the team at locations that have been previously identified as poaching hotspots.

  • Thursday 15th August, 2019

    The beat team have been meeting with gamekeepers and landowners this week, to talk about preventative measures and the need to report all poaching incidents with as much information as possible/known.

    If you sight any suspicious vehicle / activity please report – You can pass on important intelligence via 101 or text information via our FARMWATCH text number 07492888109(no crimes to be reported via this text number) alternatively if you wish to remain anonymous you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 11.

  • Wednesday 7th August, 2019

    At the most recent Rural PACT meeting 06/08/19, it was agreed by the attendees for Poaching to be one of current PACT priorities.

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