By Joe Bill
Police raids lead to three arrests and a haul of weapons
Up to 150 pheasants have been poached from farms in Faversham leading police to a number of arrests in the town
Officers made early morning raids on adresses in Lewis Close, Lower Road, Bensted Grove and Nicholas Road as part of the operation.
Two teenagers and an elderly man were arrested and a number of weapons, including a crossbow, have been seized.
A number of reports were made to police about pheasants being stolen from farms in the rural areas of the town, including Ospringe, over the last month. In a bid to protect his birds, one farmer set up covert cameras and captured several offenders in the act of poaching pheasants.
The images were passed to police and officers from Faversham and the rural partnership team carried out warrants, arresting three people and seizing a rifle, a firing pistol, two air weapons and a crossbow from one of the addresses.
A 16-year-old and a 14-year-old were arrested on suspicion of theft of pheasants and have been bailed to December 6 pending further enquiries. More....