POACHING “will simply not be tolerated” was the message given out by North Yorkshire Police.

The above photo was taken in the Richmondshire area and shows the damage caused to crops by suspected poachers.

Poaching refers to the illegal taking, killing, injuring or pursuit of game, deer or fish.

North Yorkshire Police has joined Operation Galileo, a major clampdown on poaching. As part of this, vehicles previously linked to the illegal practice will be identified and targeted.