Cambs police get tough on illegal hare coursers and destroy the car they came in

POLICE today crushed a car seized from hare coursers in Cambridgeshire.

Officers from the Rural Community Action Team (RCAT) have held the Vauxhall Astra since catching three people hare coursing at Six Mile Bottom on August 20.

The three aged 51, 42 and 19 had travelled up to Cambridgeshire from East Sussex.

They were convicted at Ely Magistrates’ Court on January 6 and the vehicle was ordered to be destroyed.

The men aged 51 and 42 were both fined �300, ordered to pay �85 costs and a �15 victim surcharge. Both were given a six month driving ban. The 19-year-old was fined �100, ordered to pay �100 costs and �15 victim surcharge. He was given a three month driving ban.

They all pleaded guilty to illegal hare-coursing.

PC Robin Smith said: “These three men had come up to the county on August 20 to hare course on private land.

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“We take this type of crime very seriously and this should send out a strong message that anyone who comes to Cambridgeshire to hare course is in danger of having their car seized and subsequently crushed.”

Cambridgeshire police has seized 15 vehicles so far this season.

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