CRIMINALS targeting rural areas had better watch out.
A dedicated police patrol has been set up to tackle rural crime and poaching in Brigg and the surrounding areas.
The team will focus on key locations during peak times in an attempt to bring down the high number of reports of illegal hunting the area has suffered in the past.
Officers from the North Lincolnshire area of Humberside Police have been working with Lincolnshire Police and the RSPCA and hope to seek out and deal with offenders caught in the act.
Illegal poaching and hunting causes suffering to animals and sometimes damages land, impacting on livelihoods and the rural economy.
Officers will be looking for any damage caused during offences and will encourage landowners to seek civil recourse from those responsible.
Confiscation orders for any vehicles seized will be sought at court, along with the disqualification of the driver.
Neighbourhood Policing Sgt Howard Garlick, who covers Brigg and the surrounding rural areas, said: “We hope to substantially reduce illegal hunting through the use of these tactics.
“Our message to those involved in this activity is not to come to North Lincolnshire for these purposes as they will be caught, prosecuted and their vehicles seized and destroyed.
“Members of the public can assist us by reporting any instances where poaching is suspected at the time or by contacting Crimestoppers with the names and, where possible, the vehicle details of those they know are involved.”
Anyone who witnesses a crime or poaching incident, or has information relating to criminal activity in these rural areas should contact Humberside Police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.