More enrol in scheme to tackle poaching in Cumbria

More than 20 landowners, gamekeepers and country sports enthusiasts have enrolled on to a scheme which aims to clamp down on poaching in north Cumbria.

Police said there had been an increase in poaching incidents reported in the Brampton and Longtown areas.

Recent incidents include badger baiting and people lamping rabbits.

Those involved in the PoacherWatch scheme report rural crime via e-mail and phone messages.

Sgt Alan Savage, from Cumbria police, said: "People caught trespassing on land to poach or commit other wildlife crime will find themselves arrested, their vehicles, equipment and dogs seized and will ultimately end up before the courts.

"Now, with so many extra pairs of eyes and ears on the ground and the increased risk of being caught, we should see a decrease in these offences."

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