Poaching suspicions lead to arrests

PUBLISHED: 18:00 27 January 2015

Men have been arrested on suspicion of poaching.

Men have been arrested on suspicion of poaching.

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FOUR men have been arrested on suspicion of poaching in a nature reserve.

Three men from Bristol were arrested at Draycott Sleights on Sunday when a member of the public called police about suspected rabbit poaching.

The men, aged 24, 26 and 30, were reported and their equipment seized.

Another man, also from Bristol, was arrested on suspicion of poaching in the Rodney Stoke Area on January 9.

Police were told one shot had been fired and deer were seen running in the area.

The 48-year-old man is facing losing his firearms licence and the investigation is on-going.

Sergeant Stuart Williams of the rural crime team said: “We don’t receive many reports of poaching so being able to take action against four people suspected of it in the Cheddar area is a really good result.

“Poaching is a crime we take very seriously so we are determined that anyone we catch will face the consequences, and the best way for us to act is to have information from the public about where and when this activity is happening.”

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