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Man arrested on suspicion of hare coursing in South Norfolk

PUBLISHED: 16:20 17 January 2019 | UPDATED: 16:56 18 January 2019

Police are appealing for witnesses. Picture: Norfolk Police

Police are appealing for witnesses. Picture: Norfolk Police

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A man has been released pending further investigations after being arrested on suspicion of hare coursing in South Norfolk following a tip-off from a member of the public.

Police were called on Thursday morning to reports of men with dogs on farm land at Winfarthing, near Diss.

Officers arrested the man on suspicion of taking part in hare coursing. He has subsequently been released under investigation pending further enquiries. His lurcher dog has been seized.

In a Tweet South Norfolk police stated: “One male dealt with robustly for hare coursing on farm land at Winfarthing. Big thanks to members of public who assisted - please continue to report this to help us deal with this issue.”

Norfolk Police has been proactive in cracking down on the activities of offenders who are known to travel to Norfolk from around the country to hunt hares with dogs.

Hare coursing has been illegal for more than a decade, since the implementation of the Hunting Act 2004. It sees greyhounds and other ‘sight’ hounds, such as lurchers, chasing a hare by sight, not scent.

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