Caught on camera, the illegal hare coursers and criminals causing mayhem across rural Cambridgeshire
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Sting their cars, seize their dogs, bombard them with community protection orders – and take their photo.
That has been the ongoing campaign of police across Cambridgeshire as part of a bid to remove hare coursers and disperse criminals coming here for illegal sport.
Police have also tackled lamping (which involves using lights in pitch darkness to startle animals before shooting them or using dogs to chase them”.
And the offenders have come across county borders, too, most recently from Lincolnshire where Cambridgeshire police have helped their neighbours on two occasions.
The most recent involved stopping a group and in the process, noted a police spokesperson, being on the receiving end of abuse.
“Some of the most disgusting comments heard from anyone we’ve dealt with but we put up with it to protect the public,” said one officer involved.
Typical though was this week when two hare coursers were stopped at Wilburton “one of whom was for the second time this month”.
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A police report noted that the offender was issued with a community protection notice which criminalises ASB (Anti-Social Behaviour) which provides them with more powers.
Here is a selection of police reports – and photos of course- from recent weeks.