Gamekeepers meet police

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POLICE officers spent time with gamekeepers in north Nottinghamshire to find out about their work.

The National Gamekeepers’ Organisation organised the event at the Welbeck estate, near Worksop, to detail what gamekeepers do, look at the legality of activities including trapping, shooting and poaching, as well as discussing the issue of rural crime in general.

NGO chairman Lindsay Waddell said: “The police want to do their best, but with staff cutbacks and many officers having no background in the countryside there have been bad misunderstandings in the recent past and sometimes wrongful arrests, although not in Nottinghamshire.

“The obvious thing is to explain to the police what gamekeepers do, what the law says and how we can help each other.”