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Police in Derbyshire search for badger baiters

14 Jan 2010 - BBC News

Residents and walkers in the High Peak area are being asked by police to look out for signs of badger baiting. It comes after locals and visitors recently expressed their concerns.

Police community support officer Pat Findlay-Wilson, of the Buxton Rural Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team, said people had to be vigilant. He said: "Dogs which are used in this type of activity are usually small terrier type breeds such as Jack Russell's. The dogs may have scars and wounds to their bottom jaw as a result of the practice. Individuals will also usually be carrying spades, poles, sacks and nets. Badger digging and baiting are illegal and abhorrent to most people and, understandably, cause immense anger and much distress."

Police urged potential witnesses not to approach directly if they did see anything suspicious, but to note when and where they saw it along with a description of those present and if there were any dogs.

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