Dead game birds and a weapon were seized and three men will be interviewed under caution after East Cleveland response and Neighbourhood Police Team (NPT) officers continue their efforts to protect rural communities from crime and ASB.
On Sunday afternoon (29th January) police were called to a report that a group of three men was believed to be poaching on moorland near Lockwood Ward.
Officers attended and searched a vehicle, recovering an air weapon and a number of dead game birds which are believed to have been illegally sourced.
Enquiries are ongoing in a joint investigation between the teams of officers and police will continue to work with partner agencies, neighbouring forces and local residents to drive down countryside crime.
We would urge anyone with any concerns about rural crime to contact Cleveland Police on the 101 number.
We’d also encourage people who live/work in or visit our rural communities to join Cleveland Police Rural Watch – a free scheme set up to support those living or working in our rural communities, as well as those visiting. It’s a network of people who share information about countryside crimes.
Rural Watch is part of our Cleveland Connected service; please visit our website to find out about the service and how to sign up.