Cheshire schoolboy builds app to fight wildlife crime

Aaron Christiansen with the app on his phone Image copyright Cheshire Constabulary

A teenager has created a "report a poacher" app which he hopes can be used to combat wildlife crime.

Aaron Christiansen, 15, from Clutton in Cheshire, developed the software in his spare time after Cheshire Police asked children at his school for help.

The app enables users to report suspicious activities that might be linked to poaching.

More than 770 people across the UK have installed the app since it was launched in November.

Aaron, who is studying for his GCSEs at Bishop Heber High School in Malpas, developed the app on his computer at home.

It uses the phone's global positioning system (GPS) to pinpoint the user's location.

Users can then create incident reports, recording details of any suspects, vehicles, or witnesses involved.

The data can then be sent directly to police.

Aaron, who said he loved helping friends and family with technology, "thoroughly enjoyed the challenge and experience" of making the app.

He said he had to learn two programming languages to produce the code.

The teenager won an award for his work from the Partnership for Action Against Wildlife Crime UK (PAW UK) and now plans to study computer science at A-level and university.

The app is part of a new national campaign called Project Poacher that aims to tackle wildlife crime.

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