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Tackling Hare Coursing

Alert message sent 28/09/2019 15:42:00

Information sent on behalf of Bedfordshire Police

The hare coursing season typically starts in September when fields have been harvested, however the weather this year has meant many were cut earlier and reports started early. We are now well into the season and after recent rain, the fields are prime surfaces for the blood sport.

Hare coursing continues to be one of the biggest issues our rural communities face. We remain committed to tackling hare coursing and are working in partnership with our colleagues in Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire as well as Northamptonshire in the national Operation Galileo as well as with the National Farmers' Union (NFU), Natural England and the Country Land and Business Association to challenge hare coursing. We are also encouraging the public to do their part for rural communities and help tackle hare coursing.

Hare coursing, illegal under the Hunting Act 2004, causes damage to crops, harms animals and threatens the rural community, often resulting in intimidation and in some cases violence.

The most obvious sign of hare coursing is a group of vehicles parked in a rural area with dogs, perhaps by a gateway to farmland or on a grass verge, and we would urge people to report any suspicions, no matter how insignificant it may seem.

Landowners are urged to consider blocking entrances to their fields with ditches, fencing or trees or even barriers like barrels filled with concrete.

Anyone who sees hare coursing taking place is asked to contact police immediately on 999 and provide officers with a description of the people involved, any registration numbers and vehicle descriptions and the location and direction of travel.

It is important that people don’t confront hare coursers or put themselves at risk.

Anyone who would like to tell us about suspicious behaviour happening in their area can do it online by visiting or by calling 101.
In case of emergency, or if a crime is in progress, always call 999.

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Giovanna Traetto-Reynolds (Police, PCSO, OPERATION SENTINEL RURAL TEAM)

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