Suspected poachers tracked down by police in the Northumberland countryside

Two suspected poachers were tracked down by police after reports that a deer had been captured and killed in the Northumberland countryside.

Tuesday, 8th September 2020, 5:11 pm

Officers responded to a call in the early hours of Saturday morning after a report that the animal that had been killed and abandoned nearby.

They searched the area and it wasn’t long before they located a teenager nearby who was detained by police.

His friend had also reportedly been in the area and motor patrols were soon able to trace the vehicle travelling on route to Ponteland.

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Police dog Ulrich was also deployed and after catching the suspects scent was able to track and recover clothing and equipment believed to have been used by suspected poachers.

Both teenagers were detained by police but as it could not be proved that they had killed the deer, they were taken home and offered words of advice in front of their parents.

Following further enquiries, officers also located a second vehicle, not connected to the teens, which was stopped after the driver was acting in a suspicious manner.

That vehicle was searched which resulted in the seizure of more equipment believed to be being used for other poaching offences. The driver was offered words of advice and escorted out of the area.

Rural crime team officer PC Alex Partington, said: “We were out this weekend to support our rural communities in a crackdown on poaching in the countryside.

“Often we need to find poachers in the act to be able to bring forward criminal charges but what we can do is seize their equipment and force them out of the area.

“The response at the weekend was fantastic as they acted on local intelligence to hunt down two teenagers we believed to have been poaching on Saturday morning.

“They may not face any criminal charges but we have seized a huge amount of equipment and they won’t be returning to the countryside any time soon.

“This is only one recent example of ongoing efforts to tackle, disrupt and prevent rural crime.”

Anyone with any concerns about poaching or rural crime in their area should contact police via 101 or via the ‘Tell Us Something’ form on its website.

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