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Poaching arrests made after gunshot heard on land near Fordingbridge

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FOUR people were arrested following reports of suspected poachers with firearms on a piece of land in the New Forest.

Police responded to a call-out from a landowner who said they had heard a gunshot at a site near Fordingbridge around 10.30pm last Tuesday.

Armed officers were sent, along with dog units, air support and members of the Ringwood and Fordingbridge neighbourhood policing team.

Armed police were sent to the area. (photo: Hampshire police)
Armed police were sent to the area. (photo: Hampshire police)

They arrested a 24-year-old man from Lymington, along with an 18-year-old man, a 19-year-old woman and a 17-year-old boy, all from Verwood, on suspicion of trespassing on land with a firearm.

The quartet were later released on bail until 20th October pending further enquiries.

A Hampshire police spokesperson said: “We were called at around 10.30pm on 21st September to an address north of Fordingbridge to reports of a gunshot being heard in a field."

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