Poachers arrested after being found with catapults and feathers in Upton Grey

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FOUR men have been arrested following reports of poaching near Upton Grey.

Police were called just after 9pm on Thursday (January 6) to reports that a vehicle had been spotted acting suspiciously on Bidden Road.

Officers attended the scene and found catapults, ball bearings and head torches after conducting a search of the local area.

Officers also found a quantity of dried blood and what appeared to be pheasant feathers inside a vehicle.

Four men were arrested at the scene:

* A 36-year-old man, from Carshalton, was arrested on suspicion of trespassing on land at night and taking/destroying game.

* A 35-year-old man, from Mitcham, was arrested on suspicion of trespassing on land at night and taking/destroying game.

* A 30-year-old man, from Hersham, was arrested on suspicion of trespassing on land at night and taking/destroying game.

* An 18-year-old man, from Carshalton, was arrested on suspicion of trespassing on land at night and taking/destroying game.

A police spokesman said: "They all remain in custody and our enquiries are ongoing."

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