A man suspected of poaching deer near Meriden is thought to have taken the game home for his own consumption.
The 46-year-old was arrested on suspicion of killing the Muntjac without the consent of the owner or occupier of the land at Millison’s Wood. Concerned members-of-the-public called police after they spotted the man at the nature reserve, carrying a suspected firearm and the body of the deer over his shoulder. And they were able to supply a registration number for a vehicle spotted leaving the scene.
PC Andy Timmins and colleague PC Gary Waldron tracked the car’s owner to an address in Coventry, where he was found to have a freezer full of butchered deer.
The man admitted taking the animal and received a police caution.
Officers also seized firearms and will now investigate if the owner breached conditions of his firearm certificate.
PC Timmins said: “It is not every day that we receive reports of poaching, but nevertheless this is a criminal offence and we’ll investigate all reports of suspected illegal activity in our rural communities.
“Solihull benefits from some beautiful rural areas and parks and no matter what their role is, officers across the borough are working to ensure these can be enjoyed safely by all.”
Muntjac are native to China but have become widespread across Britain after escaping from Woburn Safari Park almost 90 years ago.