Landowners and farmers from north Lincolnshire and Humberside have met with the police to discuss their concerns over deer poaching at a meeting organised by the CLA (Country Land and Business Association).
The Spotlight on Poaching event was an opportunity to hear about the action police are taking to tackle the crime and discuss how the rural community and police can work together to stop the illegal activity.
Representatives from Lincolnshire and Humberside Police attended the event in Brocklesby which saw landowners raise questions about police response times to reports of rural crime.
The police reinforced the importance of ensuring members of the public continue to report criminal activity when it occurs and discussed the collaborative work that is undertaken between neighbouring forces.
Jonathan Davis from the Rural & Wildlife Crime Advisory Service and Nottinghamshire Poacher Watch also attended the meeting to give practical advice to landowners on how to stop deer poaching.
Speaking after the event Claire Wright, CLA East Regional Surveyor, said:
“This was an important meeting for our members who had expressed concerns about the level of deer poaching taking place on their land.
“It was not a meeting to criticise the police and their efforts to tackle rural crime – more an opportunity to have some constructive discussions on what is being done to tackle deer poaching and how local communities can work with the police to bring those responsible to justice.
“One of our members spoke to me after the meeting encouraged by what he had heard and said he felt less isolated which was encouraging to hear.”