Criminals who travel to Northumberland from outside the area are being warned the police are on their tail after five men were caught poaching in Wooler.
On January 26 this year, five men were caught poaching on private land without permission.
They were summonsed to Berwick Magistrates’ Court where they pleaded guilty to poaching offences and received fines of up to £500.
Neighbourhood Inspector Dave Garrick said: “Rural crime is a priority for us and we are working closely with farming communities here in Northumberland to share intelligence and make the area as hostile as possible for travelling criminals to operate in.
“We will always take action against those caught poaching in our areas and in order to do this we need support from local farming communities.
“We urge anyone who may suspect people of poaching in rural areas, or anyone who may spot people acting suspiciously to contact police so we can investigate straight away.”
Anyone with any concerns is asked to contact police on 101 or dial 999 in an emergency.