Hunt for brutal poachers who killed deer at beauty spot

PUBLISHED: 12:28 31 October 2014 | UPDATED: 12:28 31 October 2014

Fallow deer [Picture: Amy Lewis]

Fallow deer [Picture: Amy Lewis]

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Poachers are being hunted by Hertfordshire police officers after remains of slaughtered deer were found.

The animals were found at Panshanger Park on October 25.

It is believed the animals were killed sometime between Friday nightand Saturday morning.

The remains were discovered by Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust volunteers and the police were later notified.

PC Simon Tibbett said: “Wildlife crime is something that Hertfordshire Constabulary take very seriously.

“We regularly link in with the National Wildlife Crime Unit, as any form of poaching or coursing is a UK wildlife crime priority.

“The public are often our eyes and ears, particularly in areas that are situated in the countryside, and we therefore ask that any incidents of wildlife crime or any suspicious behaviour in this area are reported to the police straight away.

“I would like to reassure the local community that we will be putting on extra patrols in areas where poaching is believed to be taking place.”

• Anyone with any information should contact the Rural Operational Support Team via Hertfordshire Constabulary’s non-emergency number 101, quoting crime reference A1/14/2870.

* For more on this story buy the Welwyn Hatfield Times, out on Wednesday.

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