Thursday, February 2, 2023

More than 20 arrests made in harecoursing crackdown

Lincolnshire Police’s Rural Crime Team made 22 arrests in November as they continue to target hare coursers across the county.

As well as making arrests, 23 dogs and seven cars were seized in November.

The majority of these incidents happened in the south of county, in particular the South Holland area.

Superintendent Lee Pache, head of Specialist Operations, said: “This has been a real team effort and I would like to thank the public for continuing to report hare coursing incidents to us. The reports and patrols of our officers led to arrests, and we await the court appearances and outcomes.

“We continue to build close links with our rural communities which has helped us build intelligence around where hare coursers operate and sometimes who they are. Some criminals will travel hundreds of miles to be involved and are often associated with organised crime gangs.

“What many people don’t realise is that the hare coursing is a means for these gangs to generate huge sums of money through live-streaming their activities for illegal gambling around the world. This can fund other criminal activity.

“We would urge members of the public to report any instances of active hare coursing by calling 999 or reporting online after the event.”

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