Enforcement activity against hare coursers has continued throughout the festive period, say police.
Latest figures bring to 152 the number arrested or reported for summons in Lincolnshire since September 1 (compared to 65 for the whole season last year). In addition, 13 vehicles have been seized and 58 other men have been dealt with by other enforcement action such as Direction to Leave, traffic offences, etc.
Yesterday (Sunday) three men from Derbyshire and Wales were reported for summons for trespassing in the pursuit of game at Sutton Bridge and on Friday two men from Derbyshire were reported for summons for trespassing in the pursuit of game at Tongue End near Spalding.
On Thursday two men from Wales were reported for summons for hare coursing in Crowland and on Wednesday two men from Cleveland were reported for summons for trespassing in the pursuit of game at Moulton Eaugate.
Last Tuesday three men from Newark were warned after being checked in Spalding. Although suspected of being involved in hare coursing there was no evidence to support a prosecution
On December 22 three men from Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire were reported for summons for hare coursing at Tongue End.
Chief Inspector Jim Tyner, force lead for rural crime, reiterated: “The message from me is that Operation Galileo continues. We will continue to tackle hare coursing and encourage farmers to report all incidents to us.”