Cops hold summit to beat wildlife crime

A summit aimed at seeing how crimes against animals and birds of prey can be better policed, is taking place in South Normanton in September.

The event is being organised by the county’s police and crime commissioner, Alan Charles, following a report which highlighted how officers had been made aware of 200 incidents, including poaching, badger baiting, hare coursing and the poisoning of birds of prey, in the last year.

The report says: “The RSPB believes that these incidents are the tip of the iceberg, with many incidents remaining undetected.”

Mr Charles said: “Species such as goshawks, peregrines, hen harriers and buzzards are all experiencing a catastrophic decline in numbers and there have been numerous examples of nests failing inexplicably despite suitable nesting habitat.

“Scientific evidence and past police investigations indicates that human interference at the nest or the killing of one or both of the adults is most likely responsible.”

Derbyshire currently has 18 wildlife crime officers and two wildlife crime scene investigators split across the divisions, with a superintendent having overall responsibility for rural, environmental and wildlife crime.

The summit will be held on September 25, at The Post Mill Centre, South Normanton.