Po­lice urge cau­tion af­ter Buck­land pheas­ant heist

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Po­lice are warn­ing ru­ral work­ers to re­main vig­i­lant af­ter 400 pheas­ants were stolen from a Hert­ford­shire vil­lage last week.

The birds are worth £12,000, but could cost the shoot far more in lost busi­ness if the owner is forced to can­cel a shoot.

East Hert­ford­shire Ru­ral Po­lice com­mented: “If you are a game­keeper or landowner, please be aware that crim­i­nals are out at night.

“This will cost the vic­tim thousands of pounds in lost rev­enue. There is [the] cost of the lost birds but also the shoot will now be af­fected.

“The es­ti­mated loss at this time is £12,000 in birds, but if the shoot is can­celled the loss [will be] more than £60,000.”

The pheas­ants were taken overnight from the Buck­land area on the bank hol­i­day week­end, some time be­tween 27 and 28 Au­gust.

The theft comes shortly af­ter the pub­li­ca­tion of the lat­est an­nual NFU Mu­tual ru­ral crime re­port, which re­vealed that ru­ral crime cost the UK £39mil­lion last year.

Ru­ral groups have called for the gap in fund­ing be­tween ur­ban and ru­ral con­stab­u­lar­ies to be closed and for the es­ca­la­tion of crime in the coun­try­side to be made a pri­or­ity is­sue.

Sarah Lee, Coun­try­side Al­liance head of pol­icy, told Shoot­ing Times: “It is very sad to hear of an in­ci­dent like this, but un­for­tu­nately it comes as no sur­prise given the data from the lat­est NFU Mu­tual ru­ral crime re­port.

“Ru­ral crime has a huge im­pact on the liveli­hoods of those in­volved and the fear of fu­ture crime can have a detri­men­tal ef­fect on peo­ple. It is re­ally im­por­tant that peo­ple re­port ru­ral crime so the po­lice are aware and can help stop it.”

Hun­dreds of birds were stolen

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