By Jon Nurse
Hundreds of pheasants were shot and stolen in an overnight raid in Swallowfield.
Thieves stole between 200 and 300 birds off Spring Lane on Thursday night.
Batteries and equipment used to electrify fencing were also taken during the incident.
Police have increased patrols in rural areas with 4x4 vehicles.
Owners of pheasants or game birds are being encouraged to share their details with police by emailing Susie.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anyone who has any information about Thursday's incident should call 101 and quote URN 983 29/11.