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

Hare coursing has soared in Cambridgeshire in recent years

Hare coursing has soared in Cambridgeshire in recent years - Credit: 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.


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“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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