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Police warn of poachers' lights

Rural residents in Surrey have been urged to watch out for strange lights that could be caused by poachers.

The lights have been seen in fields and farms in the Shalford area causing concern for Surrey Police.

The illuminated scenes are caused by poachers using bright lights to find and dazzle wild animals.

Pc Nick Sharpe said that "lamping" can be used lawfully to hunt small game using dogs or firearms, but only with the permission of the owners.

He caught two men using the method to poach with a dog when he was on patrol in Shalford on Friday.

Pc Sharpe said: "They did not have permission to be on the land and their equipment worth 100 was seized and will be destroyed.

"It is illegal to hunt animals on any land that you do not own and in some circumstances if you are found guilty of poaching you could face a fine or even prison."

He has asked residents to contact Surrey Police if they see any unusual lights in the fields.

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