This year we have had the opportunity to start working in partnership with other government agencies. Avon and Somerset police, The National Wildlife Crime Unit, Food Standards Agency, National Food Crime Unit, Trading Standards, various Environmental Heath Offices from the South West, Environment agency, Animal Plant and Health Agency and Crime stopper have united to tackle this issue. The group will be sharing information and intelligence on those involved and identifying persons involved for enforcement options.
We have already asked for the public to report poaching when it is happening and when they find it has happened on their land. We now want people to have a simple opportunity Turn in Poachers and give us a TIP on who, what, where, when and how by phoning crimestopppers on 0800 555 111. We also want to know where this meat is going, where it is being butchered and stored, who is buying it and where it is being sold. The call is free, no one will know who you are and it won’t show up on your BT or cable phone bill. In some circumstances you may be entitled to a cash reward. If you want to help tackle crime in your community there is no excuse.
I am very grateful for assistance,
Martin BECK PC 4970
Wildlife Crime and Neighbourhood Beat Manager at Lynton (West Exmoor)