HARE COURSING: Police have now made 176 arrests

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Police say 176 men have now been arrested or reported for summons as part of their enforcement activity against hare coursing.

Operation Galileo has also seen 93 other men been dealt with by other enforcement action such as Direction to Leave, traffic offences, etc. Additionally, so far this season, 19 vehicles and three dogs have been seized.

In south Lincolnshire, there have been four more cases recently.

On March 6, three men from the West Midlands were reported for summons following an allegation of hare coursing at Deeping St James

On March 2, a man from Peterborough was arrested for hunting with dogs on Queens Bank, Crowland. He has been reported for summons and his dog seized pending a court hearing. The driver of a Suzuki is being investigated for failing to stop for police in relation to the same incident.

And on February 21, four men from Surrey were given a direction to leave the county following an allegation of hare coursing in Gedney Dove End.

On the same day, man from London was directed to leave the county after being stop/checked in Deeping St James.

Force 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.

“Where there isn’t enough evidence for a prosecution we will use other disruption tactics to deter people from visiting the county for hare coursing.”