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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.

Animal poaching
Reports of hare coursing, poaching and suspicious vehicles are on the rise according to Northumbria Police. The Rural Crime Team have issued a warning to would be poachers, who use dogs to indiscriminately kill wildlife, often for betting purposes, as well as on occasionally damaging fields and fences with vehicles.

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.”

A new approach to care
Northumberland will be taking a new approach to supporting adults with long-term care and support needs.
This forms part of a wider integrated model supporting people with additional needs in the community, with the Council working more closely with GPs, mental health services and the voluntary and community sector.
There are also opportunities for closer integration with other Council services, including children’s services (0-19) and the preventative community support which is now being provided by Northumberland Communities Together (NCT), a community network established by the Council.

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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