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Deer snaring and fox shooting: Havering's 'abhorrent' wildlife crime revealed

PUBLISHED: 07:00 21 November 2014

Pic: World Animal Protection / Kay Lockett

Pic: World Animal Protection / Kay Lockett

Kay Lockett

A pigeon cull outside a Tesco, fox shootings and swan poaching are among possible wildlife crimes detailed by intelligence reports logged by police in Havering.

Pic: World Animal Protection / Kay LockettPic: World Animal Protection / Kay Lockett

The “abhorrent” incidents are revealed in records kept by the Metropolitan Police’s Wildlife Crime Unit – released by Charity World Animal Protection (WAP) in the hope of raising awareness and reducing the impact of wildlife crime.

There were 14 incidents in Havering between January and June this year, including:

• Deer poaching using a snare.

• Shooting at rabbits and foxes with powerful weapons not suitable for the area.

Pic: World Animal Protection / Kay LockettPic: World Animal Protection / Kay Lockett

• Rabbits being hunted and captured alive. This was logged as a crime and resulted in police giving the suspect “words of advice”.

• A “pigeon cull at a Tesco shop”.

The incidents, which are not necessarily crimes but concerns flagged for police investigation, are recorded on a London-wide map detailing the relative situation in all 32 boroughs.

It reveals that only four, including leafy Richmond and Bromley, had more reports logged in the first six months of this year.

WAP campaigns officer Christina Dixon said: “London is home to a surprising range of wild animals, many protected by law.

“Sadly, they face widespread and wide-ranging crimes. World Animal Protection hopes that by raising awareness of this type of abhorrent crime, we can reduce the impact it has on our wildlife.”

You can report wildlife crime like any other crime, by dialling 999 in an emergency, 101 in a non-emergency or by calling Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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