Four people arrested on suspicion of illegal hunting following raids in Stockton

Four people arrested on suspicion of illegal hunting

Four people arrested on suspicion of illegal hunting

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RAIDS on people suspected of taking part in illegal hunting have resulted in the seizure of seven dogs and two ferrets.

Four properties in the Stockton area were targeted by the RSPCA and Cleveland Police during a co-ordinated operation this morning (Wednesday, March 12).

Four men – a 25 year old, a 34 year old, a 27 year old and an 18 year old - were arrested and have been taken to a police station to be interviewed.

RSPCA chief inspector Mark Gent said: “Where we have evidence that illegal hunting is taking place including the setting of dogs on wildlife like hares, rabbits, foxes and deer, we will investigate.

“The five lurchers, two terriers and two ferrets that have been seized this morning are now being checked over by vets.

“Hunting paraphernalia and mobile phones have also been seized which will now be interrogated.”

The joint, intelligence-led operation called ‘Operation Belfast’ involved 13 RSPCA officers and 15 police officers.

The dogs and ferrets will remain in RSPCA care until they’re either signed over or the investigation is concluded.

Inspector Mick Brown, the Cleveland Police lead, said: “We were delighted to work again with the RSPCA on this enquiry; I think any right thinking person would support our teams in trying to prevent the unnecessary and horrific suffering of any animal.

“It is important for our communities that we make a stand against those who perpetrate this sort of offence and who seem to enjoy being involved in it.

“We are committed to this partnership continuing and I have been impressed by the care, dedication and professionalism of the teams involved. This operation and others like it will continue when required.”

Anyone with any information about animal suffering should call the RSPCA cruelty line on 0300 1234 999.

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6:51pm Wed 12 Mar 14

capt manners says...

Fantastic hope this work is continued right across the region. It is the people carrying out this hunting that are usually also mixed up in other crimes.
Please keep this up!
Fantastic hope this work is continued right across the region. It is the people carrying out this hunting that are usually also mixed up in other crimes. Please keep this up! capt manners
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1:19am Thu 13 Mar 14

359282 says...

Well, let's hope the RSPCA do a better job of looking after the seized animals than they have in some other cases recently.
Even the briefest search of the internet reveals far too many incidents involving the RSPCA where fully qualified Vets have found their standards wanting.
I have no problem with looking after the welfare of animals, I just question if the RSPCA are the still the right and proper people to do it.
Well, let's hope the RSPCA do a better job of looking after the seized animals than they have in some other cases recently. Even the briefest search of the internet reveals far too many incidents involving the RSPCA where fully qualified Vets have found their standards wanting. I have no problem with looking after the welfare of animals, I just question if the RSPCA are the still the right and proper people to do it. 359282
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9:14am Thu 13 Mar 14

MartinMo says...

If they like hunting so much, strip them of all possesions, dump them on an uninhabited remote island and let them be hunted.
If they like hunting so much, strip them of all possesions, dump them on an uninhabited remote island and let them be hunted. MartinMo
  • Score: 5

9:24am Thu 13 Mar 14

359282 says...

Oh Dear, here we go again, the usual nutters are out of the asylum, simply hurling emotional tosh.

No wonder that the RSPCA have been allowed to slip in their standards when people are simply blinded by such juvenile polarisation.
Oh Dear, here we go again, the usual nutters are out of the asylum, simply hurling emotional tosh. No wonder that the RSPCA have been allowed to slip in their standards when people are simply blinded by such juvenile polarisation. 359282
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9:29am Thu 13 Mar 14

nigel d says...

I recently observed some smart dress folk charging across the countryside with a pack of fox hounds , can anyone explain why the police just stand bye and watch. The foxes must have been on holiday making it legal.
I recently observed some smart dress folk charging across the countryside with a pack of fox hounds , can anyone explain why the police just stand bye and watch. The foxes must have been on holiday making it legal. nigel d
  • Score: 1

10:08am Thu 13 Mar 14

359282 says...

Because no law had been broken.
Because no law had been broken. 359282
  • Score: -3

1:32pm Fri 14 Mar 14

MartinMo says...

359282 wrote:
Because no law had been broken.
Hunting for survival (food) I can accept, when it's done as a past time for fun it is uteerly cruel and should be made illegal as it is apperently illegal to go posh git hunting on a weekend and deliver severe beatings upon their bodies just for fun.
[quote][p][bold]359282[/bold] wrote: Because no law had been broken.[/p][/quote]Hunting for survival (food) I can accept, when it's done as a past time for fun it is uteerly cruel and should be made illegal as it is apperently illegal to go posh git hunting on a weekend and deliver severe beatings upon their bodies just for fun. MartinMo
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