Three ar­rested for dan­ger­ous driv­ing

Po­lice

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News -

Three males were ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of dan­ger­ous driv­ing and fail­ing to stop af­ter a road traf­fic col­li­sion.

The col­li­sion hap­pened while po­lice were at Thor­ney Dyke on Sun­day morn­ing fol­low­ing re­ports about hare cours­ing.

The col­li­sion in­volved a Subaru Im­preza and a Vaux­hall As­tra and it left a man in his 30s need­ing to be­assessed byEastofEng­landAm­bu­lance Ser­vice paramedics.

How­ever, a spokesman for the ser­vice said the man did notre­quire trans­port to ahos­pi­tal.

Three peo­ple aged 17, 18 and42havenow­beenar­rested and­bailed­tore­turn­toThorpe Wood Po­lice Sta­tion on Jan­uary 25.

One Thor­ney f a r m e r speak­ing to the Peter­bor­ough Tele­graph, whowould­not­give his name due to fear of reprisals, said hare cours­ing was go­ing on at his farm once or twice a week.

He added: “We see them and we have to hide. They are there and we call the po­lice and hide up.

“Peo­ple­havetried­tosto­pit but they’ve had their ve­hi­cles smashed up.

“They have hung up hares on peo­ple’s doors to say they will be back later. But if they are caught then they just get a few hun­dred pounds’ fine.”

Cam­bridgeshire po­lice’s Ru­ral Crime Ac­tion Team an­nounced a clam­p­down on hare cours­ing - where hares are pur­sued by dogs - last Au­gust.

Back then, Chief In­spec­tor James Suther­land said: “Ourmes­sageis­sim­ple– don’t come­cours­ing in Cam­bridgeshire.

“Driv­ing hare cours­ing out of the county is a pri­or­ity for the Ru­ral Crime Ac­tion Team and we will do all we can to catch those re­spon­si­ble and bring them to jus­tice.”

The farmer the Peter­bor­ough Tele­graph spoke to said the po­lice have “proper bob­bies who know the coun­try­side,” but that “they do not have the fin­ing pow­ers.”

Headdedthatthe­cours­ers make­moneyfrom­film­ingthe dogs in pur­suit of the hares, with peo­ple then bet­ting on whether they catch them or not. Hare cours­ing is not a new prob­lem in Thor­ney, and in 2000 farm­ers told the PT that the courts were not do­ing enough to pro­tect them.

It comes af­ter two men were fined just £240 and or­dered to pay costs of £55 af­ter cours­ing with a gang of 30 at a farm near Thor­ney.

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