Police on hare coursing alert after two Wiltshire incidents in a week

This Is Wiltshire: Police on hare coursing alert after two Wiltshire incidents in a week Police on hare coursing alert after two Wiltshire incidents in a week

Wiltshire Police have been alerted to two incidents of hare coursing during the last week.

Hare coursing, which was made illegal in 2005, involves the pursuit of hares using greyhounds, with bets made on which dog will catch the hare first.

Offenders often commit criminal damage to fences, crops and land in the process.

Police received a report of hare coursing from a member of the public on Monday at 11pm in fields near Stonar School in Atworth, near Melksham, with officers stopping four men from Bristol.

They had several dogs and also had high-powered torches. The men were given anti-social behaviour warning notices and their details were sent to Wiltshire Council.

Sgt Vincent Logue, of the Wiltshire Rural Crime Team, said: “An incident of night-time poaching was reported late on Monday night in the Atworth area by a vigilant member of the public.

“Police attended and stopped several males from Bristol in the area who were suspected of poaching. Unfortunately there was not enough evidence to pursue a prosecution but they were all given an ASB warning notice.

“Hare coursing in Wiltshire is a seasonal problem which starts as soon as crops are cut and runs throughout the year until the crops are high again.

“Almost all of those who engage in this criminal activity come from outside Wiltshire from places such as Bristol, South Wales, Hampshire, Surrey and Lincolnshire.

He added that the number of hare coursing incidents varies per month and not all are reported to the police, but in October this year Wiltshire Police received 50 reports which were attended.

Another incident occurred on a farm in Horningsham, near Warminster, at around 4pm last Monday, when two 4x4 vehicles were reported driving on the land.

Insp Alan Webb said: “This continues to be an issue in our rural communities.

“Hare coursing is a blood sport and is a completely banned and illegal activity, yet it unfortunately remains a problem in Wiltshire.”

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7:37pm Thu 5 Dec 13

Wendé Anne says...

Hare Coursing is evil and horribly cruel. The hares are captured first and a 'suitable' field is located, away from the public. The field is fenced-off so that the hare cannot escape. The hare is then released into the field and two dogs, usually lurchers but sometimes greyhounds, are also released to chase the hare to the point of its complete exhaustion when they are very frequently caught and savaged by the dog. Often the hares suffer horrific injuries, usually they die from these. The hares never really have a chance of survival

The watchers place bets on which dog catches the poor creature. It is a very lucrative activity, often involving organised gangs.
Hare Coursing is evil and horribly cruel. The hares are captured first and a 'suitable' field is located, away from the public. The field is fenced-off so that the hare cannot escape. The hare is then released into the field and two dogs, usually lurchers but sometimes greyhounds, are also released to chase the hare to the point of its complete exhaustion when they are very frequently caught and savaged by the dog. Often the hares suffer horrific injuries, usually they die from these. The hares never really have a chance of survival The watchers place bets on which dog catches the poor creature. It is a very lucrative activity, often involving organised gangs. Wendé Anne

7:45pm Thu 5 Dec 13

wolfiesab says...

I bet the Wiltshire Police aren't so quick to arrest those who break the same law (Hunting Act 2004) when it's the landed gentry on horseback, hunting foxes with hounds. Both these bloodsports belong in the dark ages but only one of them is properly enforced. money talks I guess.

One law for the rich and another for the working classes.
I bet the Wiltshire Police aren't so quick to arrest those who break the same law (Hunting Act 2004) when it's the landed gentry on horseback, hunting foxes with hounds. Both these bloodsports belong in the dark ages but only one of them is properly enforced. money talks I guess. One law for the rich and another for the working classes. wolfiesab

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