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Bromley police ask residents to keep look out for badger baiting

PUBLISHED: 13:26 22 March 2013 | UPDATED: 13:26 22 March 2013

Badgers are the target of badger baiting in Bromley

Badgers are the target of badger baiting in Bromley

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A disturbing number of badger baiting attempts in Bromley has led police to ask residents to look out for people disturbing the animals' setts.

The blood sport typically results in the death of the badger, and can also seriously injure the dogs used.

It is an offence to dig for the woodland creatures, or damage a sett, under the Protection of Badgers Act 1992.

Bromley police’s wildlife crime officer, PC John Blackman, said: “Badger baiting is a horrible crime and I would urge anyone who suspects the crime is taking place to contact police.

“Where we have information leading us to suspect that people may be involved in this kind of barbaric, deliberate cruelty to animals we will investigate along with colleagues from the RSPCA.

“Badger baiting inflicts terrible suffering on both the badgers and often the dogs, which are almost always badly injured and often don’t receive any veterinary treatment for those injuries.

“I would encourage anyone who notices any suspicious activity to report it to us immediately. People think they are wasting our time – they are not.”

Anyone with any information should contact PC Blackman on 020 8284 8857, via email at john.blackman@met.police.uk or to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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