Police operation will target hare-coursing
POLICE are to crack down on illegal hare-coursing events.
The clampdown, which Kent Police are calling Operation Orchard, starts this Sunday with dedicated officers from Tenterden and Lydd on the lookout for participants.
Sgt Rachel McNeil said: “It will last for a 10-week period and involves the south Weald, that is places such as Appledore, Hamstreet, Warehourne, Isle of Oxney, Wittersham and Stone.
“It will predominantly involve hare coursing, but also criminal damage to farm land and buildings.”
She added: “These are usually organised events whereby people allow their dogs to chase and kill hares. From time to time, this has involved violent confrontations between landowners and the people organising the events, due to trespassing.”
According to Sgt McNeil, the police can act under such laws as the Hunting Act 2004 and the Night Poaching Act 1828, among others.