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Operation Bifocal - targeting illegal hare and rabbit coursing

Alert message sent 16/11/2017 10:28:00

Information sent on behalf of Derbyshire Constabulary

This is a Derbyshire Alert message for Farm Watch members:  

During winter months, rural areas of Derbyshire are often affected by individuals who use vehicles and or dogs to course hares and rabbits, with some offenders choosing to drive land at night in order to shoot Deer.

Offenders often damage winter crops, fences and gates using 4x4 vehicles to gain access to land.  There is also an issue in relation to rural acquisitive crime. Often farmers are targeted in relation to theft of tools, plant and diesel, again using land as an access point and offenders could be using the opportunity to 'check areas out'.

As local farmers and land owners we would like your assistance during a planned operation to target potential offenders.  We would like you to act as 'spotters' on main access routes, acting as our eyes and ears to obtain details of suspicious 4x4 vehicles entering the area.  We are then asking you to contact local officers engaged in the operation who will look to intercept and stop the vehicles, checking individuals' identities and reasons for being there. Any vehicles that access land will be stopped and checked by officers and any offences discovered will be dealt with accordingly.

Operation Bifocal will be happening on Saturday 25th November 2017, from 6pm to 2am.  Please assist us during this time by being vigilant and reporting any suspicious vehicles and activity to us by phoning 101 quoting Operation Bifocal, or by phoning 999 in an emergency.  

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Joanne Tomlinson (Police, PC, Derbyshire)

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