Police are reporting that ten men have been arrested for hare coursing as part of Operation Galileo since the start of September, with two cars and seven dogs seized.
Among incidents in the south of the county, a man from Middlesbrough was arrested for trespassing in the pursuit of game in the Horbling area on October 2. He was reported for summons and given a formal direction to leave the county.
The dogs are kept in approved kennels and an application is made to the courts for the dogs to be forfeited and re-homedChief Inspector Jim Tyner
On the same day, three men from Market Harborough and Wales were arrested for hare coursing in Deeping St James. A vehicle and four dogs were seized. One of the men was also arrested for driving offences. Two of the men were reported for summons, the third is on bail for further enquiries.
Also on October 2, three men were stopped at Fosdyke following a report of hare coursing at Bicker. They couldn’t be linked to any offences and were given a formal direction to leave the county.
On October 4, three men from Surrey were stopped following an allegation of hare coursing in Postland, Crowland. They were reported for summons and a prosecution file is being prepared.
On October 15, five men from south Yorkshire with lurcher-type dogs were stopped at Rippingale following an earlier report of poaching in the Pickworth area. They couldn’t be linked to any offences and were told to leave the county.
Chief Inspector Jim Tyner, force lead for rural crime, said: “This shows our commitment to continue to tackle hare coursing while balancing our response with other calls for service.
“We have introduced a policy of seizing dogs as this is believed to be a significant deterrent. I am often asked what happens to the dogs we seize. The dogs are kept in approved kennels and an application is made to the courts for the dogs to be forfeited and re-homed.”