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VIDEO: Wildlife demonstrators raise public awareness about Police and Crime Commissioner elections

By AlexColman  |  Posted: October 23, 2012

  • Lush staff Melanie Marshall, Andrea Dauber and Lise Thurgood.

  • The demonstration was supported by the Hunt Saboteurs Association.

  • A lack of funding for wildlife crimes was raised.

  • Felix Leone, from Lush.

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Demonstrators dressed as foxes, hunters and police chased each other around Lincoln city centre to raise awareness about the Police and Crime Commissioner elections.

The mock hunt was staged in Cornhill and staff from Lush, supported by the Hunt Saboteurs Association took part at 11am, today.

A lack of funding for wildlife crimes was the key point raised and the event aimed to provoke people into asking the candidates about their stance on such issues.

Manager of Lush in Lincoln, Lise Thurgood said: "We're trying to draw people's awareness to the fast that they can vote for their Police and Crime Commissioners and the fact there is nothing in the budget at the minute for wildlife crime.

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"We want people to email or write to the candidates and find out where they stand on these issues and let them know why things like wildlife crime are very important.

"There is a lot of wildlife crime that goes unstopped because the police don't have the resources to stamp it out and things like poaching, hare coarsing and steeling animals, not just fox hunting."

Lush has designed a website which helps members of the public find their local candidates and contact them via email or letter.

Lincolnshire candidates will be under the spotlight, tonight, at a live hustings event hosted by the Lincolnshire Echo at Lincoln Drill Hall.

Coverage starts from 6:00pm on This is Lincolnshire and you can submit your questions in the comments section of the following article…

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  • Whiley45  |  October 24 2012, 8:42AM

    There is funding for wildlife crime. Yesterdays headlines regarding the prosecution of Hare Coursers in our County proves that. I suspect that this was just a bit of fun involving people who like fancy dress. If they have a genuine complaint address it to your elected representatives not those who have not been elected yet. In any case the Crime Commissioners farce will be a non starter. A waste of our money!

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  • moocher1  |  October 24 2012, 5:49AM

    No funding for wildlife crime eh? So thats why there is a Landrover Discovery driving round with Lincs Police wildlife crime officer written in big letters down the side...............oh yes AND a BMW X5..............but there's no funding...........indeed

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