POACHERS in north Hampshire kill for fun and seldom for the cooking pot.
That’s one of the messages police want to get across in a campaign to encourage members of the public to give them information whenever they see poachers in action.
Sergeant Russ Hodges, CountryWatch Sergeant for northern Hampshire said: “The cost to the rural community from acts of poaching is great, with crops, gates and fences being destroyed or damaged which has also lead to livestock escaping.
“Financially it runs into tens of thousands of pounds each year, but the alarm caused in our rural communities and intimidation caused by the gangs of poachers is of further concern to the Police. Hampshire police take all reports of poaching seriously, and will actively seek to pursue a prosecution against those criminals who commit such acts.”
He said poachers are often violent criminals with guns and hunting dogs and in most cases the public should not approach them.
However anyone who sees poaching should take a note of the location, time, date, description and registration numbers of vehicles being used.
The information should be passed to Police on 101, or to the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111. More....