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Three Coffs Harbour Men Charged for a String of Illegal Hunting Offences in the North West


Three Coffs Harbour men have been charged over a string of trespassing and illegal hunting offences on properties throughout the region.


North West and New England Rural Crime Investigators executed search warrants at two homes in Coffs Harbour, seizing electronic storage devices, firearms, clothing and deer heads and antlers.


A 29-year-old was spoken to at the home and subsequently issued a Court Attendance Notice.


Investigators then stopped a Ford Ranger on the Pacific Highway near Coffs Harbour about 4.40pm yesterday.


During a search of the vehicle police located and seized firearms, ammunition, mobile phones, drums containing diesel, camouflage clothing, keys for heavy machinery, as well as a game hunting and firearms licence.


Two more men were issued Court Attendance Notices following the search.


The investigation followed reports of two men in camouflage clothing who allegedly trespassed on a private property in the Murrurundi area, before fleeing when they were approached.


A month later police were notified about three privately owned large red stag deer being killed inside a secure deer enclosure on a rural property near Bingara.


All three charged yesterday are expected to appear before Bingara Local Court on the Wednesday 22 May.

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