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Police called to reports of hare coursing

PUBLISHED: 14:01 25 September 2019

Police investigating reports of hare coursing between Hempnall and Woodton. Picture: Norfolk Police

Police investigating reports of hare coursing between Hempnall and Woodton. Picture: Norfolk Police

Norfolk Police

Police were called to fields in South Norfolk after reports of hare coursing.

The report of suspicious activity in fields between Hempnall and Woodton on Wednesday morning (September 25) comes just days after police issued a warning for people to be extra vigilant.

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Hare coursing has been illegal for more than a decade, since the implementation of the Hunting Act 2004. It usually starts after harvest and runs into spring. Offenders are known to travel to Norfolk from around the country to hunt hares with dogs.

In a tweet South Norfolk Police said: "This time of year when the fields are ploughed is the season. Police were called to fields between Hempnall and Woodton for hare coursing. If you see it happening call in. We are now using drones to evidence offences."

As part in Operation Galileo, a nationwide approach adopted by 12 police forces, Norfolk Police has been carrying out patrols in areas identified as potential targets and warned any vehicles used can be seized and crushed.


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