Hare coursing reports fall across the county

The number of reports of hare coursing has significantly decreased in Lincolnshire since 2016.

This shows a continued and significant downward trend. This season, 686 incidents have been reported so far, compared to 1,175 at this point in 2018 and 1,579 in 2017.

Chief Inspector Phil Vickers said: “This has been achieved by close working with our rural communities and partners, having the right equipment available to us and effective coordination through the Force Control Room.

“Lincolnshire Police Rural Crime Team has focused on Prevention of Hare Coursing this season – targeting the offenders who have caused most harm in the past and utilising innovative, legally audacious tactics when appropriate.

“We continue to seize dogs, 76 last season, and retain them until the offence is dealt with at court. We know this prevents offending and is recognised as being the most effective tactic we use.

“We have used Anti-Social Behaviour Legislation to prevent offending and given offenders fair warning of what we are doing.

“We are already working towards the 2019/20 season – Lincolnshire Police is leading on a piece of work with the National Wildlife Crime Unit to coordinate Prevention, Intelligence and Enforcement work across 35 Police force areas and target key offenders.”