CLA East is encouraging all police forces to consider a similar approach to tackling hare coursing as that undertaken in Cambridgeshire after four men were handed County Court injunctions to prevent them from hare coursing in the county.
The men were caught by police using a new database designed to track and convict suspected hare coursers. The injunctions will mean the men cannot enter any farm land in Cambridgeshire between 31 July and 31 March, the months of the hare coursing season.
The injunctions are in place for three years and if breached, the men will face arrest.
CLA East Regional Director Ben Underwood said:
“We get regular calls from our members in Cambridgeshire who are extremely concerned about hare coursing in the county so it is pleasing to see this action being taken.
“This proactive approach by the police to tackle the issue is encouraging and we urge all police forces to take a similar stand against hare coursing.
“This rural crime is a region-wide problem and it is important for forces to continue to combine resources and efforts to clamp down on what can be a very distressing crime for farmers and landowners to face.”
For full response from Cambridgeshire Police on the injunctions click here.