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Dog gangs target deer in county

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Poachers are targeting deer across Lincolnshire

Deer poachers in Lincolnshire are using specially-bred dogs to hunt with increasing frequency, police claim.

Police officers in the county have stepped up weekend patrols to try to stop gangs going into the county to hunt down deer with lamps and dogs.

Pc Martin Green said the poaching gangs were using more aggressive tactics to hunt the animals.

Lurchers are being cross-bred with pit bull or Staffordshire Bull Terriers for "more stamina and strength", he said.

Four people were arrested by officers in the county over the weekend as police teams mounted an operation against poaching.

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