Police operation deters illegal hunting activity around Inverell

Police attached to the Inverell sectors conducted a high visibility operation over the weekend to deter illegal hunting activities and prevent associated rural crime.

During the operation police performed over 50 random breath tests. They stopped over 20 vehicles involved in hunting.

Officer in charge of Inverell police station, Chief Inspector Rowan O’Brien said dog offence infringements were issued to six individuals and a further five warnings, five traffic infringements and two warnings were issued.

"The operation was focused on the areas surrounding Bingara popular for pig hunters and the like.

“It involved police from all the outlying sectors actively patrolling, interacting with local landowners, and stopping and speaking to hunters to check their credentials etc,” he said.

A 47-year-old male was detected for low-range PCA and will appear at Warialda Court later this month.

"I applaud the initiative shown by the sector staff in running this type of operation. Illegal hunting and the follow-on rural crime such as cut fences, stolen diesel etc is just another hit for farmers already dealing with the current dry.

I encourage landowners to ring police if they see spot lights or vehicles on their properties when they haven't given anyone permission to be there,” Chief Inspector O'Brien added.