Spring Newsletter

04th April 2017
An article by Special Constable Alan Marwood, Nottinghamshire Police Rural Proactive Team

Spring is now well and truly here with the hedgerows being alive with avian life, and the paintbrush of nature has provided the countryside with fresh colours.

We are continually out and about on our rural patrols, targeting off road vehicles and hare coursers that continue to plague our villages.

Fishing is quiet on the rivers as the close season is with us, though a few hardy souls brave the private pits to fish for carp. Please make sure that once the new fishing season approaches you must have a current EA (Environmental Agency) fishing licence.

In cooperation with the EA we conduct routine checks and there is NO excuse for not having a license as they can be obtained at a post office. The penalties are severe if you are caught without one. So please get a rod licence if you intend to fish.

Also a word of advice to dog owners: Please ensure if you take dogs out on farm land, they must be on a lead and under control. Whatever you do, don't let them run loose with sheep and lambs. This is unlawful and the farmer can and will take action, including shooting the dog if all else fails; and he will be entitled to claim redress for any damage done by the dog (applicable under criminal and civil law).

In view of farming, as the season has opened up please make sure you secure your property; guard against daytime burglars.

Another aspect of our work will be patrolling with our fire service colleagues to reduce arson and farm fires.

If there are any problems please don't hesitate to call us on 101 for routine calls, and if a crime is taking place ring 999.

‎Enjoy spring and a happy Easter to all
Notts Police Rural Team