Illegal hare coursers targeted by police over festive period

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Lincolnshire Police say they have been actively combating illegal hare coursers over the Christmas and New Year period with a number of arrests and seizures.

Latest figures in the force’s Operation Galileo campaign against hare coursing this season brings to 152 the number arrested or reported for summons since September 1 2015 (compared to 65 for the whole season last year).

In addition, so far this season, 13 vehicles have been seized and 58 other men have been dealt with by other enforcement action such as Direction to Leave, traffic offences, etc.

Locally this has included a Subaru Forester seized yesterday (Sunday) after being abandoned by suspected hare coursers in Aslackby Fen. The driver will be dealt with on motoring offences.

Four men from County Durham were reported for summons following an allegation of hare coursing at Swaton on December 28. Five men from the West Midlands were also stopped at Brauncewell, near Cranwell, and ordered to leave the county. The driver was given a warning on driving offences. Two men from Blackpool were stopped on Boxing Day after a report of harecoursing at South Kyme and directed to leave the area.

The full figures show:

On January 3 three men from Derbyshire and Wales were reported for summons for trespassing in the pursuit of game at Sutton Bridge.

On January 3, joint working by Lincolnshire Wildlife Crime Officer and Derbyshire Police led to two men being arrested in Derbyshire for poaching and hare coursing offences.

On January 3 a Subaru Forrester was seized after being abandoned by suspected hare coursers in Aslackby Fen near Sleaford. The registered keeper/driver will be dealt with for driving offences.

On January 1 two men from Derbyshire were reported for summons for trespassing in the pursuit of game at Tongue End near Spalding.

On December 31 two men from Doncaster were reported for summons for hunting with dogs at Willoughton near Gainsborough and a Nissan Almeira was seized.

On December 31 two men from Wales were reported for summons for hare coursing in Crowland.

On December 30 two men from Cleveland were reported for summons for trespassing in the pursuit of game at Moulton Eaugate near Spalding.

On December 29 four men from County Durham were reported for summons for trespassing in the pursuit of game at Sibsey.

On December 29 three men from Newark were warned after being checked in Spalding. Although suspected of being involved in hare coursing there was no evidence to support a prosecution

On December 28 four men from County Durham were reported for summons following an allegation of hare coursing at Swaton near Sleaford.

On December 28 five men from the West Midlands were checked following an allegation of hare coursing in Brauncewell. Although suspected of being involved in hare coursing there was no evidence to support a prosecution. They were given a Section 35 Direction to Leave Lincolnshire. The driver was also given a Section 59 Warning regarding driving offences.

On December 27 five men from Manchester were checked by officers in the Revesby area. Although suspected of being involved in hare coursing there was no evidence to support a prosecution. They were given a Section 35 Direction to Leave Lincolnshire.

On December 26 two men from Stainforth were checked following an allegation of hare coursing in Fillingham. They were escorted out of the county.

On December 26 two men from Blackpool were checked following a report of hare coursing in South Kyme. There was insufficient evidence to link them to an offence but they were directed to leave the area.

On December 22 three men from Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire were reported for summons for hare coursing at Tongue End.