Badger crime can take place in a number of ways;
- Lamping and shooting of badgers at night using high-powered lamps and vehicles
- Snares; there are both legal and illegal snares in our countryside;
however it is illegal to put any type of snare on a badger sett or a badger run.
- Under The Hunting Act 2004 it is now illegal for any hunt to block
up a badger sett or dogs to mark at a badger sett.
- By far the most sinister crime is the digging of setts,
catching of the animals and baiting them with dogs, either on site or elsewhere.
If you think you see anybody badger digging, or carrying spades and with
terrier dogs in areas near to a sett, please call the
police using 999 and a badger
group contact without delay.
You can also contact the Police Wildlife Crime Officer
for Buckinghamshire, PC Dean Kingham by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
For all crime in progess dial 999 but for other enquiries
use the Thames Valley Police non-emergency number, 101.
You should be ready to give the following details:
Do not challenge suspect diggers yourself, as some of them can be
- how many men, and what
are their descriptions?
- do they have dogs with
them, and if so how many and what sort?
- exactly where are they?
- do you know if they have
a vehicle parked nearby?
- if so, the make, model,
colour and registration number, and where it is parked
- anything else which will
help attending police to locate the suspects