Hare coursing car trapped in ditch on Witchford field

Hare coursers were stopped in their tracks after their 4x4 got trapped in a ditch on a Witchford fie

Hare coursers were stopped in their tracks after their 4x4 got trapped in a ditch on a Witchford field. Picture: CAMBS POLICE - Credit: Archant

Hare coursers were stopped in their tracks after their 4x4 got trapped in a ditch on a Witchford field.

Hare coursers were stopped in their tracks after their 4x4 got trapped in a ditch on a Witchford fie

Hare coursers were stopped in their tracks after their 4x4 got trapped in a ditch on a Witchford field. Picture: CAMBS POLICE - Credit: Archant

The vehicle was seized from Mill Lane yesterday (November 12) by officers from Cambridgeshire Police's rural crime team.

It comes as part of Operation Galileo - a national scheme to disrupt illegal poaching, including hare coursing.

Rural crime officers say digging ditches around open land can stop coursers' vehicles in their tracks.

East Cambs Police tweeted: "A perfect example of how ditching your land can prevent coursing and stop offenders in their tracks.


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"@CambsRuralCops found this vehicle in Mill Lane, Witchford yesterday and seized it! #longwalkhome"

One person commented: "I've dug many hundreds of metres along roadside just to stop people trespassing. No real value for drainage but stops people in the way this one did above."

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Hare coursing offences typically increases in November after crops have been harvested and fields are left empty and open.

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