BASC trained more than 30 police officers how to spot wildlife crime at an awareness day.

The officers, from forces across the north of England, were faced with a series of mocked-up crime scenes at the event hosted by BASC North.

They also quizzed BASC’s experts as they examined scenarios involving wildfowling, deer stalking and pigeon shooting.

Duncan Thomas, BASC North director, said: “The day was hugely productive and positive, with great questions fired to and from the police.

“It’s essential that police officers are fully aware of the vast amount of sporting shooting taking place across the countryside and how to quickly ascertain what is perfectly normal and what needs further investigation.

“The message from the event was to emphasise that shooting sports are a part of the everyday. Guns are merely tools of our trade and sport.

“These officers will now continue their professional development and training on rural issues before being sent out to engage with members of the rural community.”

Sarah Turner, a member of BASC Council, said: “Being able to engage with police forces and educate them on shooting sports is vital in ensuring that wildlife crime is dealt with effectively, without penalizing those carrying out lawful activities. The BASC North team ran an informative event educating over 30 police officers and this is a huge achievement. “

Garry Doolan

Garry Doolan is BASC’s deputy director of communications and public affairs. He has more than 20 years experience of journalism and the media. He joined the organisation in 2016 and is a keen shooter and beater, with his springer spaniel Quincy.

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