Lincolnshire Police’s Operation Galileo is having a major impact on hare coursing in the country with a 30% drop in incidents.
This season officers have seized 76 dogs being used for hare coursing and 45 people were arrested or reported for summons. Another 58 people were served with dispersal notices, forcing them to leave the county and often without their dog.
“We have had to raise our game to tackle what had been an increasing problem in Lincolnshire and these figures show our commitment to tackling rural crime,” said Deputy Chief Constable Craig Naylor.
“Criminals no longer see Lincolnshire as an easy target as they know we will seize their dogs which are worth thousands of pounds to them.
“We’ve had some fantastic results, particularly in the last few months. Catching coursers in the act with the police drone, permanently rehoming dogs, getting Criminal Behaviour Orders served on offenders which prevent them from coming back to the county with dogs and we’ve seen harsher fines.
“I’m pleased with this progress and we are already planning to build on this for next season. We encourage our farming community to continue working with us and thank all of them for their ongoing support, sharing of information and interest in reducing this vile crime.”