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Monday, 28 July 2014

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Hunting in Cumbria to be put under police scrutiny

HUNTING activities in Cumbria will come under scrutiny in spring.

Police will conduct Operation Kilowatt again this year, the aim of which is to monitor hunting activities in the county.

The Hunting Act 2004 made it illegal to hunt a wild animal with a dog, with certain exceptions. Trail/ drag hunting, was introduced to replace the hunting of foxes by dogs.

This involves the laying of a scent, usually animal based (fox urine) prior to the hounds being released.

The hounds then `hunt` the scent and provide an activity for supporters to follow, similar to foxhunting.

Since the introduction of the Hunting Act, Cumbria Police have consistently received reports of illegal hunting and suspicious activity as well as complaints regarding other associated offences including intimidation and harassment, assault, public order, obstruction of the highway and driving offences.

Cumbria Constabulary will liaise with non-government organisations which hold views on the Hunting Act and liaise with agencies such as the National Trust, Lake District National Park and United Utilities who are the major landowners and who operate a licensing system to allow trail or drag hunting activity under their own protocol and procedures.

Officers will be deployed when appropriate to carry out high visibility patrols at various meetings throughout the season making use of overt recording equipment. Any incidents or persons identified as committing offences will be dealt with in an effective and professional manner, showing impartiality to any group or individual involved. This officer deployment will also provide reassurance to communities, minimise disruption, reduce crime and provide safer communities.

Have your say

Well done Cumbria. At least one Police Force has the guts to ensure the Hunting Act is being adherered to. Hopefully others will follow suit.

Posted by Sally Kingham on 21 January 2014 at 01:35

I think all kinds of hunting should stay banned as its not as if we need to kill innocent animals to survive anymore, Dogs and hunters are still getting a run out following a trail,

Posted by Josephine Cain on 20 January 2014 at 14:34

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