29yo Women Charged After Poaching Deer From a Pen

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The NSW Police Rural Crime squad continue their war on poaching in the Upper Hunter and across rural NSW.

Rural Crime - NSW Police Force released the following online statement over the poaching incident. 

Three people are facing charges relating to trespass and illegal hunting in the New England & Hunter Valley, after an investigation by the Rural Crime Prevention Team.

On Saturday 2 February 2019, two men in camouflage clothing were seen allegedly trespassing on a private property in the Murrurundi area, near a group of deer.

One of the men was carrying a hunting bow. When confronted the males left the property.

On Saturday 2 March 2019, three privately owned large red stag deer were killed inside a secure deer enclosure on a rural property near Bingara. Police believe the animals were killed for the purpose of taking their heads and antlers as trophies.

As a result of inquiries, about 10am yesterday (Wednesday 27 March 2019), New England Rural Crime Investigators,

assisted by police from the Coffs/Clarence Police District, executed search warrants at two homes in Coffs Harbour, seizing electronic storage devices, firearms, clothing and deer heads and antlers.

A 29-year-old Coffs Harbour woman was subsequently charged via Court Attendance Notice for the offences of kill cattle (deer) with intent to steal, fire firearm onto inclosed lands, enter private land to hunt animal without owner consent, and not notify changed address where firearm is stored.

About 4.40pm the same day, investigators stopped a Ford Ranger on the Pacific Highway near Coffs Harbour. Two men, aged 63 and 35, were spoken to.

A search of the vehicle revealed firearms, ammunition, mobile phones, drums containing diesel, camouflage clothing and master keys for heavy machinery.

Both men were subsequently charged via Court Attendance Notice for the offences of kill cattle (deer) with intent to steal, and enter private land to hunt animal without owner consent.

The 63 year old man was also charged with goods in custody suspected of being stolen, hunt game animal without licence and a second count of enter private land to hunt animal without owner consent.

The three persons are expected to appear before Bingara Local Court on Wednesday 22 May 2019.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact their local police station or Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000

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