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Wildlife Crime

About Us

The West Yorkshire Wildlife Crime Officer (WCO) are specialist officers trained in the investigation of Wildlife Crime Offences and supported by wildlife trained Crime Scene Investigators and partner agencies.

The WCO are passionate about the role, and have volunteered to investigate wildlife offences along with thier normal duties.

Wildlife Crime

Wildlife is the native fauna and flora of a region. It includes all non-domesticated animals, wild plants and other organisms. The domestication of wild animals and plant species for human benefit has occurred over many hundreds of years, and can have a major impact on the environment, both positive and negative.

There are many laws in the UK, which are designed to protect both plant and animal species. Whilst wildlife law is complicated, most UK species of wildlife are protected, to a greater or lesser extent, by law. Examples of wildlife crime include badger persecution, illegal trade in endangered species, bat persecution, killing birds of prey and poaching.

Wildlife crime is committed when an offence under certain Acts of Parliament has been breached. Offences often involve cruelty and the unlawful killing of wild mammals and birds, some of which are protected species.

There are numerous Acts of Parliament that provide protection for wildlife in England and Wales. Some of the legislation that provides this protection is listed below but this is not exhaustive.

 

West Yorkshire Police is responsible for enforcing the above legislation within West Yorkshire. The Acts of Parliament outline a range of offences that can be committed. The Police Force will enforce the law when offences under legislation are perpetrated and in particular those offences in relation to:

 

  • Unlawful trapping/snaring of wild animals
  • Unlawful hunting of wild mammals
  • Killing, injuring, taking, disturbing etc. wild birds
  • Taking/possessing/destroying wild birds eggs/nest disturbance
  • Badger persecution
  • Killing, injuring, taking, disturbing etc. wild bats
  • Damaging protected sites
  • Unlawful poisoning of wildlife
  • Stealing wild plants
  • Unlawful hunting and poaching
  • Unlawful trade in endangered species
  • Disturbing cetaceans 

 
There are cross overs between Rural and Wildlife Crime as many different types of wildlife crime have an impact on the rural community. For example, the offence of poaching, which largely occurs in rural areas, impacts on the rural community and their livelihood as it often incorporates antisocial behaviour, damage of crops during the pursuit of quarry and criminal damage to property in order to gain access to land. However, wildlife crime doesn't just take place in rural areas as there are a large proportion of incidents that occur in cities and more urban parts of the county.


If you need any advice or support please feel free to contact us:

Force Wildlife Lead - Sergeant 1236 David Lund - [email protected]   

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www.facebook.com/West-Yorkshire-Police-Wildlife-Rural-Crime

 

Contacts

Wakefield

PCSO 409 Lorraine Kavanagh

[email protected] 

WD Southeast

PCSO 587 Colin Starford

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WD Northgate

PCSO 499 Phil Brocklesby

[email protected] 

WD Northgate

Leeds

Pc 2010 Andy Katkowski

[email protected] 

Outer North East

PCSO 409 Gaynor Duffy

[email protected] 

Outer North

PCSO 592 Gareth Poole

[email protected] 

North west

PCSO 538 Richard Kersnik

[email protected]

Outer West

PCSO 741 Shaun Taylor

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Outer East

PCSO Bev Haile

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Outer South

PC Chloe Spencer

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Outer South

PCSO 564 Dave Dale

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Outer South

PCSO 98 John Demaine

[email protected]

Outer North West

Kirklees

PC 4963 Caroline Newsome

[email protected]

Kirklees

Pc 4038 Darren Parkinson

[email protected]

Kirklees

Calderdale

Pc 3168 Matthew Hamilton

[email protected]

Calderdale

Bradford

Pc 1086 Jessica Graham

[email protected]

West 

Pc 5554 Sean Cannon

[email protected]

City

PCSO 81 Benjamin Leahy

[email protected]

Keighley

PCSO 63 Alan Cooper

[email protected]

North

 

Links

Disclaimer

Please note that by accessing external links you will be leave the West Yorkshire Police website. West Yorkshire Police are not responsible for the quality, accuracy or content of external websites.

 

News Section

Wildlife and Rural Crime Team

 

The launch of the Leeds District Wildlife and Rural crime team was on the Wednesday 10th October 2018, as part of a Leeds wide poaching operation utilising student officers. The team came together to discuss future plans to tackle wildlife crime around West Yorkshire, issues such as Farm Watch and partnership working with RSPCA/NFU.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Page last reviewed January 2020