AREAS considered 'hot spots' for poaching will be subject to enhanced patrols, police have said.

Dorset Police's rural crime team normally sees an increase in poaching reports in certain areas of the county at this time of year – due to harvesting being in full swing.

The rural crime team says: "We need people to report poaching, hare coursing and illegal fishing to us at the time it’s happening by calling 999 immediately or recent incidents that are not happening at the time can be reported by calling 101 or emailing 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk

"Anyone that sees a suspected incident of poaching should call 999, reporting as much information as possible such as vehicle registration, make and model if possible. online at www.dorset.police.uk.

"It is crucial everyone reports such offences so we get a clearer picture of where this is happening and when.

"We also need to know about the following information even if it’s just a small piece of information. We need to know what is happening, when, where and how. Intelligence is the lifeblood of investigations and you may know something small which can assist us with this."

Examples, police say, are sightings of suspicious vehicles, padlocks being bolt-cropped, tyre tracks in fields and gates left open.

"If you pass on valuable intelligence, we will act on it and bring offenders to justice," says the rural crime team.