Arrests made after suspected poaching

Alert message sent 24/12/2019 18:30:00

Information sent on behalf of Wiltshire Police

Four men have been arrested on suspicion of poaching in South Wiltshire. 

At approximately 11am today (24/12), we received reports of suspicious activity on private land in the Winterbourne Stoke area. 

Officers arrived and stopped four men travelling in a Mitsubishi Shogun.  They also had two dogs with them.   A number of catapults were also discovered in the vehicle and on one of the men. 

All four were arrested on suspicion of hare coursing and criminal damage:  a 24-year-old from Hampshire, a 25-year-old from Somerset and a 33 and 53-year-old from Southampton. 

They are all currently in custody. 

Sgt Tom Ellerby said:  "Thanks to good information and intelligence from the local community we were able to stop the crime of poaching from taking place. 
"I hope this sends a message to anyone considering coming into our county to carry out illegal acts in the countryside; we will take those reports of rural crime seriously and respond quickly and accordingly. 
"I also hope this provides reassurance to those living in the quiet, rural parts of Wiltshire that we are here to help protect you. 
"I'd also like to also thank colleagues from the Ministry of Defence Police who helped us out today - partnership working at its best."

We are also asking the public to act as our eyes and ears and report anything suspicious to us on 101 or if a crime is in progress by calling 999.
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