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Armed police deployed after air rifle scare

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: October 19, 2012

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POLICE armed response units were rushed to the Cardinham area on Saturday after a confrontation between a landowner and three men with air rifles.

The Bodmin Moor landowner discovered three people unlawfully shooting rabbits, and police say when he politely asked the men to stop shooting on the land he was subjected to verbal abuse.

The matter was reported to the police, and armed response units went to the scene just after 5pm.

A 67-year-old local man was subsequently dealt with by officers.

Detective Sergeant Dave Jago from Bodmin CID said he wanted to remind people visiting the moor that they needed to comply with the law.

"Bodmin Moor is a sensitive environment carefully managed by the various landowners," he said.

"It's through their work, along with other partner organisations, that they help improve the habitat and wildlife on the moor for everyone's enjoyment in permitted areas. The restrictions of certain activities on the moor are in place to prevent damage or destruction to the many rare plants, animals and birds, where large areas are designated as of special scientific interest.

"It's also to ensure all those who have access and use the moor can do so safely."

DS Jago said people should abide by the Countryside Code, which was there to protect animals, plants and the general environment of Bodmin Moor.

"They should consider the local community and other people enjoying the outdoors, and take their litter home, leave gates and property as they find them and follow paths unless wider access is available," he said. "They should also keep dogs under effective close control and clear up after them."

For information on the rules on the moor visit www.naturalengland.org.uk

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