UPDATE (FRIDAY, 9AM): Dispersal order in place and drones set to tackle illegal hare coursing event
Police have put a dispersal order in place this morning (Friday) as they prepare for a possible hare coursing event in the area.
The order gives them the power to confiscate dogs and direct coursers – who may be arriving for the illegal Fir Cup competition – to leave the county.
Two drones equipped with zoom cameras will also be out on patrol.
It is believed the Fir Cup is being organised via a closed group on WhatsApp and is potentially worth tens of thousands of pounds to the winner in breeding rights – as it is likely other hare coursers would want to breed from the winning dog.
It is said to have prize money of £6,000 and is held at a location not given until the day.Likely locations include Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire and Leicestershire.
THURSDAY (1.20PM): Police are preparing to prevent a possible illegal hare coursing competition taking place tomorrow (Friday).
Hare coursing is a cruel sport committed by people with little respect for the animals you hunt, the dogs you use and the people you abuse and threaten
They have received information about The ‘Fir Cup’ – a contest potentially worth tens of thousands of pounds to the winner in breeding rights – as it is likely other hare coursers would want to breed from the winning dog.
At this time it is not clear if this is to take place in Lincolnshire but police are well prepared should hare coursers choose the county as their venue.
The force has officers on standby to operate the police drone, quad bikes and Ford Kuga off-road vehicles as well as support from neighbouring forces. Anyone with information about this event is asked to contact Lincolnshire Police on 101, quoting Incident 151 of January 3.
In addition, police wish to issue a warning to anyone considering visiting Lincolnshire for this competition.
Chief Superintendent Mark Housley says: “You are not welcome in Lincolnshire. We will work with our communities, stakeholders and partners to make Lincolnshire a hostile environment for you.
“Hare coursing is a cruel sport committed by people with little respect for the animals you hunt, the dogs you use and the people you abuse and threaten.
“Our policy of seizing your dogs is an effective deterrent and will continue. We will also seize your vehicles, phones, money and additionally we will use any legislation we can, whether it be criminal or civil, to prosecute you if you are suspected of hare coursing.”