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BIRD KILLERS: Incidents at Summerhill prompt police patrols

BIRD KILLERS: Incidents at Summerhill prompt police patrols

Bird killers - police patrols will increase at Summerhill Country Park in Hartlepool after a series of incidents.
Neighbourhood officers for the town have been made aware of a number of sightings of men with what are believed to be air rifles shooting wildlife at Summerhill.

Numerous birds have been killed and Cleveland Police recently issued an appeal for information after crossbow bolts were found embedded in a nesting box. Over the Easter weekend, at least four adult males were seen carrying air rifles in the park in daylight hours, prompting a 999 response from police.

Teams from across the force will continue to attend the area in a bid to deter such behaviour; these include Hartlepool’s neighbourhood officers, colleagues from the Dog Support Unit and from Cleveland & Durham Specialist Operations Unit. Hartlepool Neighbourhoods Chief Inspector Mark Haworth said: “These reports are obviously very concerning and we’re taking this action to keep Summerhill staff and visitors safe, as well as to protect the wildlife there. We’ll continue working with our Community Safety Partnership colleagues to tackle the issues and identify and deal with offenders.  I’d also urge anyone with information to contact Cleveland Police via the 101 number.”

If you don’t want to speak to police, please consider passing information anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers via their website www.crimestoppers-uk.org or by phoning them on 0800 555 111.

Gemma Ptak, Assistant Director (Preventative and Community Based Services) with Hartlepool Borough Council, added:  “Illegal activity such as this causes us serious concern and we are not prepared to tolerate it. We are grateful to Cleveland Police for organising these patrols, and we would also ask visitors to the site and nearby residents to support officers by calling 101 if they notice any suspicious activity on the site.

“Summerhill is a very popular destination and it is important to recognise that the vast majority of visitors use the site safely and responsibly - and we would like to thank them for that.”

 


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