Tampering with traps

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Gamekeepers across the Dales have raised concerns after traps used to protect game birds have been interfered with, damaged or stolen.

The traps – which are also used to help ground nesting birds – have been stolen from land between Matlock, Bakewell and Chesterfield.

PC Ian Cooper from Ashbourne Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “Some traps have been interfered with and then left in a position that could have harmed animals – not just the targeted pest. When set correctly they present no risk to anything other than the targeted animal.

“People who interfere, damage or take these traps are running a risk of injuring themselves or others.”

Police encourage people to leave any traps they come across alone. Anyone with information should call 101.