NEWS ROUNDUP: Poaching is on the rise & calls for government to work with businesses on furlough
Incidents concerning animal poaching are on the rise according to Northumbria police and MP calls for the government to “work with businesses” when it comes to furlough.
A Sunderland MP has said the government’s sink or swim attitude is putting jobs and livelihoods at risk. Houghton and Sunderland South MP Bridget Phillipson was referring to the winding down of the furlough scheme stating that in some sectors, business still isn't back to normal.
Sergeant Ian Pattison, who leads the Rural Crime Team, said: “Poaching isn’t just taking one for the pot, but is the use of dogs to indiscriminately kill wildlife, often for betting purposes as well as on occasions damaging fields and fences with vehicles.
“More often than not poachers don’t just leave with one catch but leave a trail of destruction in their wake after they’ve selfishly driven their vehicles over land with no regard for the landowners.
“Poaching can also often be used as an excuse to be on land – when the reality is that people are scoping the area.”
Cath McEvoy-Carr, Executive Director of Adult Social Care and Children’s Services said: “The pandemic has seen teams from across the public sector working together more effectively than ever before, and we want to build on what has been achieved in Northumberland.”
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