North Wales Police carry out raids in Merseyside over alleged badger offences


Aug 14, 2014 18:15
By David Powell

A 25 year old Liverpool man was arrested in connection with disturbance and digging of a badger sett in the Holywell area in April

Police from North Wales investigating people suspected of disturbing badger setts today swooped on addresses in dawn raids in Liverpool.

There were 30 officers including colleagues from Merseyside in the cross border Operation Bayleaf.

Police officers from the Force’ Rural Crime Team (RCT) executed a number of search warrants in the Merseyside area and arrested a 25 year old Liverpool man in connection with offences committed earlier this year in Flintshire.

Two other young men have been bailed until next week.

Sergeant Rob Taylor said “This morning, and assisted by colleagues from Merseyside Police, five ‘Wildlife and Countryside Act’ search warrants were executed in the Merseyside area and a local man arrested in connection with disturbance and digging of a badger sett in the Holywell area in April this year.

“A number of items have been seized including cash and mobile phones and the man will be questioned later today.”

Sgt Taylor said that the officers had been up at 3am, and were in Liverpool by 5am.

He said: “It shows the commitment and determination to clamp down on alleged offenders no matter where they may be.

“This morning’s action demonstrates that regardless of their origins, the Rural Crime Team will relentlessly pursue suspected offenders to help achieve our goal of keeping our rural communities safe.

“Over the last 12 months we have seen a steady decrease in rural crime and with the continued support and vigilance from the local community I’m sure we can continue on that path.”

Sgt Taylor reminded the community to remain vigilant at all times. He suggested that everyone takes steps to ensure that their buildings and vehicles are locked and secured and to report suspicious behaviour to police immediately.

You can ring police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

The Rural Crime Team officers can be contacted via by dialling 101 or by e-mailing Ruralcrimeteam

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