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Four men banned from Wiltshire after being charged with poaching offences

Four men banned from Wiltshire after being charged with poaching offences

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 9:24am 26th December 2019.

2 minute read

The group were arrested in Winterbourne Stoke on Christmas Eve.

Police were called at around 11.00am on Tuesday (24th December) to reports of suspicious activity on some private land.

Officers stopped a Mitsubishi Shogun, which had four men and a two dogs travelling in it.

There were also a number of catapults in the vehicle.

Winterbourne Stoke Satellite Picture
The group were discovered in the Winterbourne Stoke area on Christmas Eve

FOUR MEN CHARGED

Police have now charged the group with poaching offences:

Albert Smith, aged 53, from Totton 
James Kempster, 33, from Totton
Freddy Hughes, 24, from Marchwood, Southampton
Albert Kempster, 25, from Weston-Super-Mare

All four of them have been released on bail, with the condition not to enter the county of Wiltshire. 

Hare on open land
The group were originally arrested on suspicion of hare coursing

Sergeant Tom Ellerby, based at Amesbury Police Station, said:  

"Thanks to good information and intelligence from the local community we were able to stop the crime of poaching from taking place. 

"I hope this sends a message to anyone considering coming into our county to carry out illegal acts in the countryside; we will take those reports of rural crime seriously and respond quickly and accordingly. 

"I also hope this provides reassurance to those living in the quiet, rural parts of Wiltshire that we are here to help protect you. 

"I'd also like to also thank colleagues from the Ministry of Defence Police who helped us out today - partnership working at its best."

If you spot any suspicious activity on farmland, you can report it to Wiltshire Police on 101.

If a crime's in progress, you're asked to call 999.

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