Four Leyland people have been arrested as part of an on-going investigation into damage caused at two sporting estates in the Lancaster area.
During the last two months, the Bleasdale and Abbeystead Estates have reported damage caused to equipment used legitimately and lawfully as part of the management of the estates. Items including snares, traps and a Trail Camera have also been reported stolen.
A 16 year old girl, 20 year old woman, 18 year old man and a 45 year old man all from Leyland have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit criminal damage and theft. All have been released on police bail until November 2 pending further inquiries.
PC Andrew Massingham of the Lancaster Neighbourhood Policing Team and Wildlife Officer said: “These arrests come as part of an on-going investigation following a number of incidents which have interfered with the management of the estates affected.
“This week also marks the start of the grouse shooting season throughout the UK. I would like to remind the public that we treat wildlife crime just as seriously as other crimes and we will target anyone involved in illegal activity.
“Similarly, whilst people may wish to express their objections towards organised shoots through peaceful protest, they may not do so by disrupting such events.
“We are committed to tackling rural crime and our wildlife officers will continue to work closely with the community to ensure that any unlawful activity is dealt with robustly.”