Seminar turns spotlight on rural crime in Fife

The roe deer with its injured eye.
The roe deer with its injured eye.

A SEMINAR to explore ways in which the rural community can work together to deter countryside crime has been held at Fife Constabulary’s Glenrothes headquarters.

More than 90 people attended the seminar, thought to be the first of its kind in Scotland, which was organised by Fife Partnership Against Wildlife (FPAW).

Land-owners, farmers, gamekeepers and field sports enthusiasts came together with a number of experts in rural and wildlife crime to explore a wide range of issues of concern to the rural community.

PC Ian Laing, wildlife crime co-ordinator for Fife Constabulary and a spokesman for FPAW, said: “This seminar was requested by the rural community, and during the evening a range of issues were explored including the links between serious and organised crime and wildlife crime.

“Many offenders are involved in a range of criminal activities including bogus workmen, scrap metal theft, fuel theft, housebreaking, drugs offending and wildlife crime.

“We also explored issues regarding badger habitats extending into arable land and the problems of deer involved in road traffic accidents.

“The feedback from those attending the seminar was extremely good and excellent links were established between the groups who, in essence, share a lot of the same problems and by working together will make a formidable opponent to rural crime.”