Fresh warning over poaching in Sussex

A new warning over poaching in rural areas has gone out from Sussex Police.

Monday, 3rd August 2020, 12:37 pm
Updated Monday, 3rd August 2020, 1:04 pm

Officers are urging local restaurant and hotel owners to be on their guard against buying illegally killed game.

A police spokesman said: “In the last few years, we have worked very closely with rural communities and have had great success in the reduction of poaching of wild animals.

“Poaching is a secretive business, often carried out at night and in remote locations, but if caught, poachers can be prosecuted for a range of offences.

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“Game dealers, restaurateurs, hotels and public houses are being advised to check that they are not buying illegally killed game.

“They can do this by not purchasing meat from unknown persons and reporting suspicious gatherings in car parks immediately; dealers in game should show legal documentation for the sale of meat.

“Anyone who suspects illegal poaching is taking place, please call Sussex Police on 101 or 999 in an emergency, i.e. poaching is occurring in front of you there and then.”