Figures released this morning show that since the start of the hare coursing season on September 1 there have been 160 men arrested or reported for summons.
This is compared to 65 for the whole season September to March last year.
Also, 17 vehicles have been seized. 70 other men have been dealt with by other enforcement action such as Direction to Leave, traffic offences, etc.
• On January 23 a man from Wrexham was reported for summons for trespassing in the pursuit of game in Weston.
• The driver of a vehicle suspected of being involved in hare coursing in Langtoft on January 22 is being dealt with for traffic offences. There was insufficient evidence to link to hare coursing.
• On January 20 a man from Wrexham and a man from Leicestershire were reported for summons for suspected hare coursing at Deeping St Nicholas.
• On 20 January 20 a man from Peterborough was warned to leave the area following a suspected hare coursing incident. There wasn’t enough evidence to link him to hare coursing but he is being dealt with for traffic offences.
• On January 20 two men from Chester were reported for summons for trespassing in the pursuit of game in the Bourne area. A Honda CRV was seized.
• On January 17 a Subaru Legacy suspected of being linked to hare coursing in Dunsby was seized under the Hunting Act.
On January 13 officers from Spalding joined with officers from the East Midlands Operational Support Service (EMOpSS) and officers from Cambridgeshire Constabulary for a joint day of action as part of Operation Galileo. As a result of joint patrols along the Lincolnshire/Cambridgeshire border the following enforcement action was taken.
• A man from Nottinghamshire was reported for summons for trespassing in the pursuit of game in Deeping St James.
• A teenager was reported for summons for hare coursing at Sutton St James. At the same incident a man from Surrey was given a formal direction to leave Lincolnshire.
• A man suspected of being involved in hare coursing was given a fixed penalty notice for no MOT and given a formal direction to leave Lincolnshire.
• Four men from Derbyshire were given a formal direction to leave Lincolnshire and Cambridgeshire.
• Three teenagers were arrested following an allegation of a burglary in Spalding.
Lead for rural crime, Chief Inspector Jim Tyner, said: “Operation Galileo continues and I remain determined that we use all legislative powers available to us to deal with the scourge of hare coursing”.