Stolen dogs and vehicles seized in crackdown on hare coursing

Lurcher Hare Coursing ( Wiltshire Police Dec 16th )

Published by Henrietta Creasey at 12:39pm 17th December 2018.

Farmers and landowners in the Salisbury Plain area reported a large hare coursing event taking place yesterday morning (16th December).

Officers from the Wiltshire South Community Policing Team carried out a targeted response and have reported nine men for offences under Hunting Act legislation.

Some of the men had travelled from as far afield as South Wales.

They also seized two vehicles, a number of phones and ten Lurcher type dogs.

Wiltshire Police Hare Coursing
One of the vehicles seized following the police operation on Salisbury Plain yesterday.

Police say they are now carrying out enquiries around the dogs, some of whom are believed to be stolen, and are hopeful that they will either be returned to their original owners or found new homes by Christmas.

Inspector Pete Sparrow, from Wiltshire South CPT, congratulated the team on their swift work.

"We recognise the impact this time of crime has on our rural communities and we will always respond quickly and deal with any offender we identify, using all powers available to us, to seize vehicles and dogs and apply to the courts for forfeiture orders to have vehicles destroyed and dogs re-homed.

"I want to make it clear that South Wiltshire will not accept this illegal activity and we will do everything in our power to make it difficult for those who want to hold hare coursing events here."

You can read more about the work Wiltshire Police is doing to tackle rural crime by going to our website


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