Farmwatch Information 16/11/2016
Broughton Bypass - update - May 2014
We have seen a increase in Poaching offences in our area over the last month or so. Please let us know if you see any vehicles parked up on Rural roads late at night particularly 4x4 type or vans that are often used with poachers. We would encourage any farmers to report any sightings of poachers to us and not approach them themselves.
Recently in the Grimsargh area we have seen poachers stop checked and there equipment seized from them and on a separate occasion poachers stopped on Eastway and equipment and dogs seized.
A recent trend that has started to occur is deer carcases being left on farmland and its only when dog walkers or land owners find them that we are made aware. This is a worrying trend. In the last few days we have had two deer killed by dogs and then the meat stripped off them and carcasses dumped on land near Red scar industrial estate. We are currently following up on a lead and a vehicle that was sighted in the area.
Please continue to help by reporting anything suspicious to us at Broughton
With spring well and truly here, this time of year is extremely busy for the farming & rural community, especially with livestock and their offspring. So here is a sensitive reminder to all dog owners and people who walk dogs in areas where there is livestock. Please make sure that you keep ‘full’ control at all times of the dog(s), by keeping it on a short lead. Only use designated public footpaths that cross fields. Over recent years, a number of Ewe’s have aborted their lambs, due to being ‘worried’ by dogs. If the dog is kept on a ‘short’ lead there is less likelihood of the dog causing any issues, as apposed to the dog not being on a lead, or being on an extendable/retractable lead. A farmer has a right to deal with dogs not under control where there is livestock, which is being worried. ‘Worrying livestock can be as simple as a dog off a lead, or on a retractable lead and being present in a field and causing the livestock being spooked and either injuring itself or aborting. Please bear this information in mind, when next out walking dogs.
TWO men are today being interviewed by Police and R.S.C.P.C.A following a series of early morning raids in Colne on Wednesday 17 July.
The men, aged 23 and 48, were arrested after police raided their houses and are now being questioned on suspicion of animal cruelty.
A number of items were seized during the raids including; three lurchers, two terriers and a cross breed lurcher/bull terrier dogs, computers, mobile phones, cash and drugs paraphernalia. The dogs have now been handed over to the RSPCA for examination by a vet.
The joint operation by the police and the RSPCA follows a 12 month investigation into animal cruelty and wildlife crime including badger digging, deer poaching, hare coursing and offences under the Dangerous Dogs Act, where police have received information about pets being targeted by dogs in the area.
A big thank goes out to all Rural Watch members that provided information regarding these two including vehicles they were using. It cannot be stressed enough, the value of the information you provide through Farm/Rural Watch and other means. This could not have been done without you.