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Frome Rural PACT priority – Poaching

We are now into the poaching season and hare coursing is on the increase. The Rural Beat Team are continuing to work alongside the farmers to gain valuable information which can be acted upon, regular patrols in key areas of poaching are being continued. We encourage any sightings of suspicious activity to be reported to the police. We will be out on proactive patrols to disrupt active poachers.

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

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  • Sunday 26th July, 2020

    The poaching season is fast approaching and already the rural Beat Team have received intelligence with regards to training dogs for the purpose of poaching. We rely on quality intelligence to inform our patrols. Farmers and gamekeepers are instrumental to this, we would encourage anyone who sees suspicious activity to report it via 999 or 101 non-emergency.

    We have conducted a successful stop check in the Mells area. If you are legitimate hunting please ensure you have any relevant permissions and licences granted in case you are stopped by police.

     

  • Wednesday 8th July, 2020

    We have received some reports of hare coursing.

    We continue to conduct patrols in the targeted areas with a view to identifying the culprits and their vehicles.

    We continue to work with our colleagues in the Avon and Somerset Police Rural Crime Unit and neighbouring police forces to target vehicles and persons involved in poaching activity

  • Saturday 30th May, 2020

    We have received some reports of hare coursing. We continue to conduct patrols in the targeted areas with a view to identifying the culprits and their vehicles.

    We continue to work with our colleagues within the Avon and Somerset Rural Affairs Unit and neighbouring constabularies to share intelligence and target vehicles and persons involved in poaching activity.

    We encourage you to remain vigilant and contact us with any information you have regarding this matter.

    Report any incidents call 101 or contact using our beat team contact form.

  • 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 recent 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.

     

  • 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.

  • Saturday 25th January, 2020

    On the 20th January, we held our quarterly PACT meeting at The Royal British Legion in Coleford. It was decided by the attendees that poaching should be kept as a priority for the area.

  • Thursday 16th January, 2020

    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.
  • Sunday 15th December, 2019

    This week we have carried out targeted patrols in response to intelligence provided by the community. No vehicles or persons found but the patrols will continue.

    You can report any activity via 999 if ongoing or 101 if not in progress. You can also report online.

  • Sunday 17th November, 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.
  • Tuesday 29th October, 2019

    At the recent Frome rural PACT meeting on the 29th October 2019, it was agreed by all those that attended to continue with this as being one of the rural priorities.

  • Wednesday 23rd 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.

  • Monday 7th October, 2019

    In the last month we’ve been visiting our local farms and as a result new locations for poaching have been highlighted. We will be working with local reporting parties to identify suspect vehicles and offenders.

  • 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.

  • Monday 9th September, 2019

    Over the last few weeks we have been receiving intelligence around persons/vehicles involved in poaching but we still need more.

    We ask that if you notice any of your gate padlocks broken or suspicious vehicles or vehicle tyre marks in fields/gateways please let us know.

    You can pass on important intelligence via 101 or text information via our FARMWATCH text number 07492888109. If needing to report a crime please use 101 or if wanting to remain anonymous you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111

  • Sunday 25th August, 2019

    We have conducted rural crime patrols over the bank holiday weekend and can confirm that we have not received any reports of wildlife related crime.

  • 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.

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