Residents and business owners are being urged to help fight poaching by checking where their meat comes from.
Poaching is a secretive business, often carried out at night and in remote locations, but if caught, poachers can be prosecuted for a range of offences.
Game dealers, restaurateurs, hotels and public houses are being advised to check that they are not buying illegally killed game.
They can do this by not purchasing meat from unknown persons and reporting suspicious gatherings in car parks immediately; dealers in game should show legal documentation for the sale of meat.
Over the last three years, Sussex Police have worked very closely with rural communities and have had great success in the reduction of poaching of wild animals.
Wildlife crime officer PCSO Daryl Holter said “We rely on the public to assist us with appeals for information and I would like to encourage anyone to contact us with any information that would help in catching poachers, even if you’ve seen something which may appear trivial the smallest detail can help us.”
Anyone who suspects illegal poaching is taking place please call Sussex Police on 101 or 999 in an emergency, i.e. poaching is occurring in front of you there and then.
Alternatively you can call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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