Police working RSPCA as part of badger investigation


Officers from Gloucestershire Constabulary’s newly formed rural crime team have been working with the RSPCA and other police forces recently on an investigation into badger persecution in the Forest of Dean and Wales.

Last month they executed four warrants, led by PC Cath McDay, in Gloucestershire and Wales during which a number of dogs, believed to be used for badger baiting, were seized.

No arrests have been made and enquiries are ongoing.

Badger persecution, which includes badger baiting, is one of the six current priorities of the National Wildlife Crime Unit.

Seizing dogs seriously disrupts the activities of the offenders and sends a clear message that this will not be tolerated in Gloucestershire.

Sgt Carl Rugen-Hankey, rural crime team supervisor, said: “These warrants are a clear sign to people who commit these offences in Gloucestershire that we, and our partner agencies, will take robust action against anyone we believe is involved in rural crime wherever they live.

“Anyone with information about this, or any other rural crime, is encouraged to contact us at our new email address ruralcrimeteam@gloucestershire.pnn.police.uk

“You can also follow us on Twitter @Glospol_Rural.”


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