Summons Served On Men Suspected Of Hare Coursing

PUBLISHED: 14:39 24 November 2009 | UPDATED: 11:08 04 May 2010

CAMBRIDGESHIRE Police dealt with two incidents of hare coursing over the weekend which has led to five men being summonsed to court.

The first incident took place just after 10am on Saturday (November 21) near tothe A1123 at Haddenham Fen.

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CAMBRIDGESHIRE Police dealt with two incidents of hare coursing over the weekend which has led to five men being summonsed to court.

The first incident took place just after 10am on Saturday (November 21) near tothe A1123 at Haddenham Fen.

Police received a report of trespassing from a member of Countryside Watch and officers from the Rural Crime Action Team (RCAT) attended. Officers intercepted a vehicle leaving the area and stopped two men on suspicion of hare coursing and seized their vehicle.

The second incident happened just before 8.30am on Sunday (November 22) at Heath Road, Swaffham.

Another report was received from a member of Countryside Watch about hare coursing in progress and RCAT officers attended. They caught up with a vehicle leaving the scene and stopped three men on suspicion of hare coursing. A dead hare was also seized from inside their vehicle.

PC Simon Page from the RCAT team attended both incidents, he said: "This crime has a serious impact on the rural community and anyone taking part in this illegal activity will be dealt with accordingly.

"I would like to thank Countryside Watch for their help in these particular incidents and for their continued efforts to prevent this anti-social behaviour."

Anyone who sees a crime in progress should call police on 999. Anyone who would like more information about hare coursing or Countryside Watch should contact the RCAT at Sawtry on 0345 456 456 4.

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