Animal cruelty and rural crime in the spotlight

Alan Charles

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Derbyshire’s police and crime commissioner has been putting put animal cruelty under the spotlight at a wildlife and rural crime summit.

Commissioner Alan Charles, who pledged to cut wildlife crime in his police and crime plan, invited councils, community partnerships, police, farming, wildlife and conservation organisations to the meeting in South Normanton in a bid to raise awareness of the crimes and cruelty inflicted in Derbyshire’s country areas.

Mr Charles said: “I hope that together we can begin to shape solutions to an issue that has a significant, detrimental impact on our county.”

Mr Charles is also urging more people to report wildlife and rural crime. Problems include badger baiting, persecution of birds of prey, illegal hunting with dogs, thefts of farm vehicles and fuel.

Last month, he spoke at the Badger Trust Conference hosted by the Mid Derbyshire Badger Protection Group in Swanwick, as part of a week focussing on rural crime.