NEW maps have been produced showing the extent of bird-of-prey persecution in the Moors and North Yorkshire.
#8220;We have specially-trained wildlife crime officers and we are working very closely with the RSPB, our National Parks and other agencies to combat the problem, but by their very nature these crimes are extremely difficult to police because they generally take place in unpopulated areas, where there is little chance of being noticed.
#8220;We hope these persecution maps will raise public awareness of the problem sites, so that people who visit, work or live in the countryside can help us by staying alert to traps and suspicious behaviour, and reporting it to the police.#8221;
Raptors are protected by law, so anyone harming a nest or bird can be prosecuted for committing a criminal offence.
#8220;That is why we have made tackling it a national priority for wildlife policing. In Forces across the country – and particularly rural Forces like my North Yorkshire #8211; we are determined to use every means at our disposal to tackle offenders and uphold the law relating to our countryside and wildlife.#8221;
Assistant Chief Constable Amanda Oliver is the National Police Chiefs’ Council lead on wildlife and rural crime. She said: #8220;As the maps show, raptor persecution is a significant national problem.