Lincolnshire Police has issued a second dispersal order across the county due to an increase in the number of reports of hare coursing they are receiving.
The second dispersal has been authorised after a first one on December 27 gave Lincolnshire Police the right to remove anyone suspected of hunting hares from the county.
Hare coursing is a bloodsport where dogs are used to hunt and kill hares. It is illegal in the UK under the Hunting Act 2004 and those found guilty of partaking in it can face a fine of up to £5,000.
In its original statement on December 27, Lincolnshire Police said: “[We] have issued a dispersal order across the county following an increase in hare coursing offences.
“Under the order, any suspected hare coursers will be required to leave the county.
“Anyone who sees hare coursing taking place is asked to contact us immediately on 999 and provide officers with a description of the people involved, any registration numbers and vehicle descriptions and the location and direction of travel.”
Lincolnshire Police also advised anyone who suspects that Hare coursing is happening in their area to contact them on 111, in order to help with their investigations.
Earlier this week, we reported on the first dispersal order put in place by Lincolnshire Police in order to deal with the reports.
How can I know if hare coursing is happening in my area?
Lincolnshire Police say that these are the most obvious signs that illegal hunting may be happening near year, and advise to contact them immediately if see anything suspicious like this:
- groups of vehicles parked in a rural area, perhaps by a gateway to farmland, on a grass verge, on a farm track or bridle path.
- They will usually be estate cars, four-wheel drives or vans. It will be obvious looking inside whether there is evidence of dogs or not.
- They often travel in convoy, with vans at the front and rear containing minders.
- They will often use binoculars to spot hares.
- Coursers will often walk along the edge of a field to frighten a hare into the open.
The police also say that it may help if you can answer any of the following questions when reporting wildlife crime:
- Are the suspect/s alone or in a group?
- Are they trespassing?
- Do they have equipment with them?
- Do they have dogs or firearms with them?
- Where are they going?
- Where have they been?
- What do they look like?
- Have they any vehicles?
- What are the number plates and vehicle models?
- Can you safely get a photograph?
According to Lincolnshire Police, it is our county’s flat and rural landscape that makes it a popular destination for the illegal hunting and it often attracts coursers from outside of the county.
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