Stinger device stops suspected vehicle involved in illegal hare coursing at Littleport

PUBLISHED: 13:00 02 October 2017 | UPDATED: 13:00 02 October 2017

Hare coursing has soared in Cambridgeshire in recent years

Hare coursing has soared in Cambridgeshire in recent years

Archant

Police used a stinger to stop a suspect vehicle following a blitz on hare coursers at Littleport.

Seven men and their dogs were involved, police were told, but only one suspect was caught and reported for failing to stop after a stinger device was used.

The officers were members of the rural crime action team (RCAT) that was re-launched in 2016 following concerns raised by local communities.

It is sent out to combat issues that include not only hare coursing but poaching and rural crimes such as plant/tractor thefts, arson, illegal raves and wildlife crime.

One resident says the latest outbreak of hare coursing in Littleport was near to where her sister lives.

“She saw the dog kill a hare,” said the resident. “The police came but couldn’t do much; these people where driving all over the crop fields too.”

A Soham resident says she saw a silver Nissan found abandoned and badly damaged by a dog walker following another suspect hare coursing incident.

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