Four people have been arrested as part of an on-going investigation into the damage caused at two sporting estates in the Lancaster area.
During the last two months, the Bleasdale and Abbeystead Estates have reported damage caused to equipment used legitimately and lawfully as part of the management of the estates. Items including snares, traps and a Trail Camera have also been reported stolen.
A 16-year-old girl, 20-year-old woman, 18-year-old man and a 45-year-old man all from Leyland have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit criminal damage and theft.
All have been released on police bail until November 2 pending further enquiries.
PC Andrew Massingham of the Lancaster Neighbourhood Policing Team and Wildlife Officer said: “These arrests come as part of an on-going investigation following a number of incidents which have interfered with the management of the estates affected. This week also marks the start of the grouse shooting season throughout the UK.”
The Bleasdale Estate is situated 20 minutes south of Lancaster.
The Duke of Westminster owns the 18,000 acre Abbeystead estate near Lancaster.