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Rural Crime - Suspected poacher issued with a Community Protection Warning on the 28th of January 2019.

A male from the West Midlands suspected of poaching has been issued with a Community Protection Warning to deter any further poaching activity.

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On the 28th of January 2019, Officers based at Bridgnorth Police station issued a male from the West Midlands who is suspected of poaching in Shropshire with a Community Protection Warning.  The purpose of this warning is to give a series of requirements that the person issued the warning must adhere to.  Those requirements in this case relate to activity linked to poaching, if the male fails to abide by them he will be issued with a formal Community Protection Notice. 

The male is well known to Officers in West Mercia Police, Staffordshire Police and West Midlands Police.  West Mercia Police 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.

If you suspect poaching activity or other rural crime in your area, please call the Police on 101.  Only use 999 if there is actually a crime taking place or you believe there is a genuine threat to life or property.

Alternatively, if you wish to remain anonymous, you can call CRIMESTOPPERS on 0800 555 111 or report online at

You can email the Safer Neighbourhood Team at , but be aware that this email address should not be used to report an incident that requires an urgent Police answer as it is not monitored 24 hours a day.

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Published 08/02/19