Deer poachers targeted in County Durham

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of poaching after deer remains were found in a bucket in Durham

Simon Greener Deer poachers are being targeted in County Durham
Deer poachers are being targeted in County Durham

Poachers are being hunted by police after deer remains were found in a bucket.

The corpses of the deer and rabbits were discovered when a vehicle was stopped in Leadgate, County Durham.

Two men, aged 30 and 33 from Durham City, were arrested on suspicion of poaching offences and have been bailed pending further inquiries.

Officers are now hunting other poachers in Durham.

It comes after police arrested three men who were seen poaching deer with dogs in Medomsley.

The men were arrested when officers raided four houses in County Durham. Two vehicles were seized and a 30-year-old man, from Leadgate, was arrested on suspicion of poaching and is currently on police bail.

Two other men, one aged 26 from Leadgate and one aged 21 from Medomsley were given a caution for poaching.

PCSO Vikki Ord, from the Consett neighbourhood policing team, said: “While there have been some good results, the recovery of some deer remains in a bucket in Consett suggests that there is still work to do.

“We have been really pleased with the response from the public so far in relation to the poaching of deer.

“However, the problem persists and so we are asking local people to remain vigilant and report any information that may be linked to the offence, for instance individuals out with dogs or air rifles in rural locations or descriptions or the movements of vehicles that may be being used to transport dead animals.”

Meanwhile, two men were also cautioned for poaching in Tow Law.

Anyone with information that might help police in their efforts to tackle the issue is asked to contact police, either by calling the Consett neighbourhood policing team on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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