Crackdown on wildlife crimes

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wildlife crime officers are cracking down on poaching and animal cruelty as part of a specialist operation.

Police teamed up with farmers, landowners and gamekeepers in Doncaster to help reduce poaching, wildlife persecution, theft, criminal damage and anti-social behaviour in an overnight operation.

As part of Operation Dunlin three arrests were made, two for animal cruelty and one for theft of vehicle.

Ten reports on summons for poaching were issued and four vehicle seizures and eight rifles were also seized.

Supt David Hartley, of South Yorkshire Police, said: “We will maintain the focus on this crime and my message to anyone who thinks rural crime or poaching is an easy option be assured it is not, and the result will be your vehicle, or equipment seized and a day in court.”