Police appeal over hare courser problems

Police appeal over hare courser problems

Police appeal over hare courser problems

Humberside Police are appealing for support to keep hare coursers out of the countryside.

This is the time of year when hare coursers are most active, and the Force is calling on the public to help make it clear they are not welcome in the area.

Wildlife and heritage crime officer PC Richard Fussey, said: “Hare coursing is an ongoing issue in our rural communities that we are working closely with both landowners and our local authorities to combat it.

“Offenders often cause significant damage to crops and repeated incidents continue to alarm the local residents.

“We take the issue of hare coursing very seriously and with Operation Galileo (an operation set up to specifically target offences relating to hare coursing) we continue to have dedicated patrols across the our rural communities in the East Riding and North Lincolnshire throughout the hare coursing season.

“These patrols act as both a deterrent to the offenders and to enable us to locate and deal with those responsible.”

The public can help by reporting any suspicious activity.

PC Fussey added: “Hare coursers often use old 4x4s and carry lurcher-type dogs in their vehicles. If you see any vehicle being driven in a suspicious way in our countryside please call us and report your concerns.

“Prevention measures should be considered by landowners such as preventing easy access by vehicles to land by using obstacles, gates and other barriers.

“This is one of the most effective measures that can be taken to frustrate and deter these criminals.”

Call 101 to report any suspicious activity.

For more information on how to sign up for Humberside Police Farm Watch or Country Watch schemes, or to find out about crime prevention workshops email or you can find rural crime prevention advice on the website.

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