Badger sett destruction probe

A badger
A badger

A report that a badger sett has been damaged or destroyed on land in the Downshire Crescent area of Hillsborough is being investigated by police with the assistance of partner agencies.

In a statement a PSNI spokesman said they take wildlife crime very seriously and will investigate if there is a breach in the legislation.

In Northern Ireland Badgers and their setts are protected under the Wildlife Order 1985 (as amended by the Wildlife and Natural Environment Act (NI) 2011.

In brief the law states: By listing on Schedule 5 the badger cannot be intentionally killed, injured or taken. No person can possess or control a live or dead badger or part derived from one. The sett cannot be destroyed, damaged or have the access by badgers obstructed. It is also an offence to, damage or destroy anything which conceals or protects a badger or to disturb a badger whilst it is occupying one.

Police are appealing to anyone with information about the destruction of badger setts is asked to contact police in Lisburn on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.