UK: Stealthy police use electric cars to hunt poachers

The Gloucestershire Constabulary is putting the country’s largest police fleet of electric cars to new tactical use.

On Twitter, they described their latest ops against illegal poachers with the electric vehicles being central to their strategy.

To catch unwanted hunters, the police on Gloucestershire tweeted that the officers lay waiting in “unmarked electric cars patrolling and listening for gunshots, utilising their quiet running”.

Nissan Leaf 3.Zero e+ (Image: Nissan)

Nissan Leaf 3.Zero e+ (Image: Nissan)

It is an unusual use for electric cars and followed a string of poaching incidents which left local deer shot but left alive. The police reports speak of “appalling acts of cruelty” leading them to come up with what we’d like to call Operation Smart Charge.

Read more: Electrive

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