A GWENT Police operation targeting poaching on Sunday (5th March) has resulted in multiple arrests.

The operation saw officers from a number of areas including Monmouth and Gwent Police’s Dog Section involved.

According to information posted by Gwent Police online, the three arrests made came after two cars made off from police and were then dumped.

The three arrested were able to be tracked down by the Gwent Police Dog Section after an hour-long search.

A Gwent Police spokesperson said: “On Sunday evening, patrols were stepped up in forestry areas to target illegal poaching and suspicious activity across Newport and Monmouthshire.

“The patrols sent out a strong message and acted as a deterrent that this criminal behaviour will not be tolerated in Gwent.

“As part of a multi-agency approach alongside Gloucestershire Police and Natural Resources Wales suspicious vehicles were stopped and checks were conducted.

“Three arrests were made, vehicles were seized and several others acting suspiciously were disrupted.

“Signs have also been put up in prominent forestry entrances warning poachers of police activity and the potential for prosecution.

“We would urge anyone to contact us with any information to call 101 or 999 in an emergency.

“Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”