Poachers kill three deer in two incidents in the Brecks

A Red Deer calf. Picture: Ian Burt

A Red Deer calf. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: IAN BURT

Police have insisted deer poaching 'will not be tolerated' after three animals were shot and killed in the Brecks.

Three red deer - one male and two females - were killed in two incidents between November 4 and 8.

The first incident took place on land just off the A1075 in Breckles, near Stow Bedon, between 9pm on Wednesday, November 4, and 8am the following day.

Poachers shot a red deer, removed its legs and took the carcass.

The second incident took place between 6pm on Saturday, November 7, and 8am the next day on land off Hargham Road in North End, Snetterton.

It is believed poachers shot two female red deer, removed their legs and took the carcasses.

The incidents have prompted police to remind people that causing unnecessary suffering to an animal can lead to fines of up to £20,000, and jail and fines of up to £5,000 for hunting illegally.

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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 have urged landowners and game keepers to remain vigilant and report any suspicious vehicles, believed to be involved with lamping and game shooting, seen at night.

They have been 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 these incidents is asked to contact Norfolk Constabulary on 101, Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their Anonymous Online Form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.