Impact of wildlife crime is highlighted by police

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THE terrible impact of wildlife crime and rural offending is being highlighted by police.

The force is supporting National Wildlife Crime Awareness week, which started yesterday.

Sussex Police is backing the campaign by outlining what wildlife crime is.

John Burke, volunteer chairman for Sussex Crimestoppers, said: ‘Criminals involved in rural crime generally target isolated areas and hard-to-protect buildings looking for easily-sold items. Hare-coursing, poaching and cruelty to livestock can be perfect ways to check out opportunities for further criminal activities.

‘By appealing for more eyes and ears across the countryside, the public can help us tackle these criminal gangs head on without fear of repercussions.’

You can join the national conversation on Twitter by using #wildlifecrime.