Red deer slaughtered in the Breckland area

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Police are appealing for witnesses after three red deer have been poached in the Breckland area in recent weeks.

The first incident occurred on land off the A1075 in Breckles, near Stow Bedon, between 9pm on Wednesday, November 5 and 8am the next day, where a red deer was shot, its legs removed and the caarcass taken.

The second incident occurred between 6pm on Saturday, November 7 and 8am the next day on land near Snetterton.

Two female red deer were shot, legs removed and the carcasses taken.

Under the Deer Act 1991, it is an offence without consent to enter any land in search or pursuit of deer with the intention of taking, killing or injuring it, or while on any land to intentionally take, kill or injure any deer or attempt to do so, or search for or pursue deer with such intent, or remove the carcass of any deer.

Moreover, it is an offence to take or intentionally kill deer, of any species, at night.

You can be jailed and fined up to £5,000 for hunting illegally or up to £20,000 for causing unnecessary suffering to an animal.

Norfolk police wildlife crime officer, Sergeant Sally Hammerton said: “We would like to remind people that deer poaching is an offence that will not be tolerated by police.

“I can assure the public that officers will act promptly and robustly to pursue offenders committing this type of crime.”

Officers urge landowners and gamekeepers to remain vigilant and report any suspicious vehicles, believed to be involved with lamping and game shooting, seen at night.

They’re asked to note vehicle and occupant details, including the colour, make, model and registration, and to photograph any deer in the rear of vehicles.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.