Commissioner puts spotlight on wildlife cruelty

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Concerted efforts to put the brake on wildlife cruelty and other rural offences in Derbyshire start on Wednesday (25 September) when Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles spotlights these crimes at his Wildlife and Rural Crime Summit.

The Commissioner, who has made the reduction of wildlife crime a key focus within his Police and Crime Plan, has invited a wide range of representatives to the summit in South Normanton. They include local councils and community partnerships, police, organisations involved in wildlife and conservation issues, and rural community representatives such as the National Farmers’ Union.

He wants the event to raise awareness among the police, its partners and the public of the crimes and cruelty inflicted in Derbyshire’s country areas and further afield. “I hope that together we can begin to shape solutions to an issue that has a significant, detrimental impact on our county,” he said.

Mr Charles is also urging more people to report wildlife and rural crime to help the police to combat this and the links with serious organised crime.

Problems affecting rural communities range from badger baiting, persecution of Birds of Prey, trade in endangered birds and animals to illegal hunting with dogs, thefts of farm vehicles and diesel.

The Commissioner begins a week of focus on wildlife and rural problems on Saturday (21 September) when he will be speaking at the Badger Trust Conference hosted by the Mid Derbyshire Badger Protection Group in Swanwick.