Hare coursers forced to ‘abandon ship’ after one of their cars burst into flames when leaving Ely

06 September, 2018 - 11:38
Hare coursers left one of their vehicles after it caught fire when leaving Ely – police are investigating the incident. Picture: Twitter / @EastCambsCops

Hare coursers left one of their vehicles after it caught fire when leaving Ely – police are investigating the incident. Picture: Twitter / @EastCambsCops

Twitter / @EastCambsCops

Hare coursers who came to the Ely area were forced to abandon one of their cars when it caught fire – police are currently investigating the incident.

Hare coursers left one of their vehicles after it caught fire when leaving Ely – police are investigating the incident. Picture: Twitter / @EastCambsCopsHare coursers left one of their vehicles after it caught fire when leaving Ely – police are investigating the incident. Picture: Twitter / @EastCambsCops

It’s currently unclear if the blaze was intentional or not but Cambridgeshire officers have confirmed the vehicle belonged to hare coursers.

In a post on social media, a spokesman for Cambridgeshire Constabulary said: “Hare coursers who came to the Ely area had to leave one of their cars behind, when it caught fire.

“It is unclear whether or not this was intentional.”

Hare coursing is where people use dogs to chase, catch and kill hares. Hunting wild mammals with a dog is illegal in the UK under the Hunting Act 2004.

A spokesman said: “Hare coursing usually takes place at dawn or dusk and tends to occur during the month of September, when large areas of land are crop-less.

“Coursers will often walk along the edge of fields to frighten a hare into the open, as well as using dogs like greyhounds and lurchers.

Anyone found to be involved in hare coursing can receive a fine of up to £5,000 by a Magistrates Court.

Officers are also authorised to seize and detain vehicles until a court hearing, under section 30 of the Game Act 1831.


If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Ely Standard. Click the link in the orange box above for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Latest from the Ely Standard