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Bridgnorth police serve notice on suspected poacher

Bridgnorth | Crime | Published:

A suspected poacher has been issued with a warning by Bridgnorth police who are now looking to see if they can take further action against the man.

The man, from the West Midlands, who has not been named, was issued with a Community Protection Notice by officers based at Bridgnorth Police Station on January 28.

Police said the man is "well known to officers in West Mercia Police, Staffordshire Police and West Midlands Police," and was given the notice requiring him to adhere to certain rules relating to poaching.

A police spokesman said: "We are looking at further action that can be taken against this person to further prevent their suspected poaching activity, including the use of the Section 59 Warning Notice.

"This can be issued to a person driving a vehicle off-road on private land where they do not have permission from the landowner to do so.

"The notice is issued to the person and the vehicle and if there is a further incident reported within twelve months, then the police can seize the vehicle and potentially have it crushed – this power would still be in force if the person issued the warning was driving a different vehicle, or the vehicle that was issued the warning was being driven by a different person."

Anyone who wants to report poaching or other rural crimes can call 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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