Clamp down on hare coursing
More patrols will be carried out in the region to prevent hare coursing this autumn. The hare coursing season traditionally starts in September and combating it is a priority of the county’s Rural Crime Action Team. Those caught hare coursing could face a criminal behav- iour order, seizure of vehicles and other property, a fine and a driving ban. Officers will be conducting regularpatrolsinareasknown to be targeted by coursers and will be providing a swift response to reports from the rural community. Inadditiontothis, signagewill beplacedinpreviously targeted areas to assist prosecution and ensure people are aware the activity will not be tolerated. Membersoftheruralcommunity are urged not to confront people hare coursing, but to report ongoing incidents by calling 999.