Police issue a poaching alert

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POLICE have issued a warning after four suspected poachers were arrested in the Ribble Valley.

An off-duty police officer noticed suspicious activity on a field in Sabden around 11.50pm last Wednesday. Four men were arrested and questioned.

Sgt John Lindsey said: “We take a tough stance on rural crime and we will continue to work closely with the local community to reduce poaching and deter offenders.

“Poachers are often responsible for other crimes, such as thefts of farming machinery and criminal damage to property, so it is vital that we stop them.”

Police urge anyone who sees anything suspicious, or who has any information about rural crime, to ring them 0845 1 25 35 45 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.