Police and RSPCA appeal for help to halt poachers after severed deer’s head is found by dog walker on the outskirts of Hemel Hempstead

Possible poaching in Woodhall Farm, Hemel Hempstead. (March 2014). PNL-140319-133432001

Possible poaching in Woodhall Farm, Hemel Hempstead. (March 2014). PNL-140319-133432001

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There are fears that poachers could be targeting muntjac deer and foxes along a popular dog walking spot.

One weekend dog walker made the grim discovery of a decapitated deer and two other corpses while out with her pets in lanes that run behind Cuffley Court, Nightingale Walk and Sainsbury’s in Woodhall Farm, Hemel Hempstead on Sunday morning.

Possible poaching in Woodhall Farm, Hemel Hempstead. (March 2014). PNL-140319-133444001
Possible poaching in Woodhall Farm, Hemel Hempstead. (March 2014). PNL-140319-133444001

The woman said: “The bodies had been sliced open and the eyeballs removed. I’d like to warn everybody as it’s pretty gruesome. There were also bullets in the grass.”

Police visited the area on Monday, but could find no evidence of poaching.

Sgt Jamie Bartlett, from the Herts Police rural operational support team, said:”Poaching is a National Wildlife Crime Unit priority and like any suspected wildlife crime will be taken seriously by Herts Police.”

Anyone with information can contact Sgt Bartlett via the police non-emergency number 101.

An RSPCA spokesman said: “This sounds like a horrible attack on local wildlife. We only hope the deaths were caused by the shots and so were quick. We urge anyone with any information to let us know in confidence on 0300 1234 999.”

 

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