Police launch poaching crackdown amid animal mutilation fears at beauty spot

Police have launched evening patrols at a beauty spot to crackdown on poachers amid fears that game have been mutilated.

Wednesday, 8th January 2020, 9:53 pm
Police have launched evening patrols in Castle Eden Dene to deter poachers.

There are also reports in Castle Eden Dene of suspects using dogs to threaten deer.

A Peterlee Police spokesman said: “We are working closely with our partners at Natural England, who are custodians of the Dene, in order to prevent further instances of this nature.

“We have also issued a number of poaching letters to those suspected of being involved in these activities.

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“These persons risk seizure and forfeiture of any equipment, vehicles or animals used in the commission of poaching and the poaching letters act as a notice of intent to pursue those who continue to act in this cruel and illegal manner.”

Public reports of such activity can be made through the 101 non-emergency number or directly to 6638 Goodwin via [email protected]