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Eighty-one charges laid by Hunter Valley Rural Crime investigators

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Five people, including a teenager, have been charged with more than 80 offences following investigations into multiple rural crime-related incidents in the Hunter earlier this year.

During March and April, multiple illegal hunting and malicious damage felonies were reported to Hunter Valley Police District.

Members of the Rural Crime Prevention Team, assisted by NSW DPI Hunting, then began an investigation.

Following inquiries, officers have now issued five future court attendance notices.

Three males – two aged 23 and one 29 – and a 17-year-old boy were charged with a total of 81 offences relating to alleged trespass and hunting offences.

Charges include enter agricultural land with hunting dog – aggravated, enter private land to hunt animal without owner consent and destroy or damage property.

The teen will appear at a children’s court on Wednesday 28 September.

The 23-year-old is scheduled to front Singleton Local Court on Thursday 29 September.

The second 23-year-old will appear at Muswellbrook Local Court on Tuesday 18 October.

The older man has a date with Scone Local Court on Wednesday 16 November.

A 25-year-old woman has also been issued a future court attendance notice for two counts of owner not disclose identity of driver/passenger.

She will appear at Singleton Local Court on Wednesday 9 November.

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