Badger baiting probe in Whitchurch

Two men have been arrested as part of a police investigation into badger baiting in Whitchurch, the Shropshire Star online reported on 10th February.

Officers from Market Drayton Safer Neighbourhood Team assisted the RSPCA with two warrants under the Protection of Badgers Act 1992.

Items relating to badger baiting were seized.

Constable Mick Sturland, of West Mercia Police, said: “Two addresses in Whitchurch were searched and two men were arrested and articles relating to baiting offences were seized.

“These warrants were executed after intelligence received by the RSPCA, who will interview the arrested men.”

RSPCA press officer Lucy Cooper said: “The RSPCA joined police on two warrants which were executed in the Whitchurch area as part of an investigation into wildlife crime.

“Police have arrested two men. The investigation is currently ongoing.”

Undercover RSPCA inspectors have helped to bring a number of successful badger digging cases before the courts. Some of these have involved the use of advanced forensic techniques including DNA evidence.

You can read the Star's full report here.