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Poachers blamed after 15 deer shot dead in Wyre Forest

By Andrew Turton | Bewdley | Crime | Published:

A herd of 15 deer, including fawns, have been found shot dead in a field in a suspected poaching incident.

Wyre Forest. Picture: Google

The deer were found in a field on farmland in Kinlet around five miles outside of Bewdley.

Edward Brown, who chairs the Wyre Forest deer management society, said it was 'horrible scene'.

It is thought suspected poachers had targeted fallow deer which can be sold for meat.

Up to 400 wild deer graze on the 7,000 acres of Wyre Forest in the summer.

Mr Brown said: "We believe this is largest poaching incident that we have seen in Wyre Forest."

It is believed the incident occurred overnight and they were discovered at 9.30am.

Pc Su Goddard, wildlife officer for North Worcestershire, said: "We have launched a thorough enquiry into this incident and would appeal for anyone with information to contact us.

"At this time we believe there is no wider risk to the public."

Anyone with information should call West Mercia Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Andrew Turton

By Andrew Turton
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