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Alert message sent 11/02/2017 09:43:00

Information sent on behalf of Lincolnshire Police

Hello from Gainsborough Rural South NPT

Lincolnshire Police have received information that there may be a gathering of hare coursers somewhere in the county on Saturday 11 February.

Hare coursing is a cruel and illegal activity where dogs (normally Salukis or a Saluki/Lurcher cross) are released by people trespassing in a farmers field to chase hares.  Often attending in large groups the 'hare coursers' gamble on the event and the aim isnt for the dog simply to catch the hare - the dogs score points for making the poor animal change direction.  As you may have predicted the exhausted hare is eventually caught and savagely killed.

There is also the fear in our rural community that they are involved in other types of crime including the theft of rural equipment, irresponsible and dangerous driving.  These are issues that affect us all and we need your help to report this.. Farmers are growing increasingly frustrated at damage being caused to their fields and those that do stand up to hare coursers are subjected to extremely threatening and intimidating behaviour. Lincolnshire Police are using all available legislation to seize dogs, vehicles and arrest offenders where possible.  So please assist us by ringing 101 with direction of travel registration details, number of persons, dogs etc.  THANK YOU
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Melanie Goodwill (Support, PCSO NC05 Gainsborough Rural South, Saxilby Station)

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