Wildlife Crime Officer takes to role like duck to water

PC Pete Wills completes first month as Wildlife Crime Officer

PC Pete Wills completes first month as Wildlife Crime Officer - Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

North Somerset Wildlife crime officer PC Pete Wills has completed his month on the job.

PC Wills previously spent more than two decades patrolling the Burnham-On-Sea area.

His latest role has seen him take to the countryside in which he grew up, something he calls 'a dream job'.

Wills said: "I was brought up on the Somerset Levels by keen walkers and conservationists.

"I'm really pleased to be given this opportunity, and I am excited about being in a role where I am guaranteed to get my boots dirty."

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Wildlife crime refers to any acts that break a law protecting the UK's wild plants and animals.

"Wildlife crime is generally under-reported, so a big part of my role is about raising the profile," Wills said.

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Five officers work alongside Wills as advisors.

To report a wildlife crime visit www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/report/wildlife-crime

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