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Three men arrested in Wiltshire for poaching

Credit: Wiltshire Police

Wiltshire Police say three men have been arrested for poaching and hare coursing offences in the Salisbury area.

Police say the men, aged 22, 27 and 35, were arrested yesterday afternoon on suspicion of daytime trespass in pursuit of poaching.

The men have all been released under investigation.

The arrests are part of a wider anti-poaching operation by the force called Op Artemis.

Wiltshire Police say rural issues like poaching have an "undeniably negative impact on farmers and gamekeepers' quality of life.”

We want to send all poachers a clear message that Wiltshire Police is committed to tackling coursing and poaching. Wiltshire is not a soft touch and we will seek to prosecute individuals who seek to commit poaching related offences within the county where evidence exists.

– Michael Standing, Community Policing Sergeant