Poachers snared in police operation

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FOUR suspected poachers were arrested during a crackdown on wildlife crime in the north and south of Doncaster.

A special operation ran over three evenings to target poaching, fly-tipping and metal theft.

PC Amanda Clayton organised the joint operation with Doncaster Council, North Yorkshire and Humberside police forces, after she received complaints from residents living in rural areas.

Extra patrols were put on around known hotspots and officers used an off-road vehicle to patrol, while farmers and gamekeepers acted as ‘spotters’ undertaking patrols on their own land as well as assisting police.

A total of 70 vehicles were checked, and six lamps - which are used to shine across fields to entice animals such as foxes and badgers out for dogs to attack - were seized.

Four Doncaster men aged 20, 23, 35 and 40 were arrested for poaching, driving over the speed limit and burglary. Council officers also collected CCTV coverage of several tipping incidents.

Bentley farmer Alan Booth said: “It is good to see the support given by the police and council to local farmers and landowners in the fight to tackle crime affecting our rural communities.”