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Helicopter scrambled to hunt hare coursers in the Fens

PUBLISHED: 15:21 02 January 2018 | UPDATED: 15:21 02 January 2018

Police involved ion today's operation. Picture: Norfolk Constabulary

Police involved ion today's operation. Picture: Norfolk Constabulary

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A police helicopter was called in to help police collar suspected hare coursers.

The aircraft was scrambled to reports of the illegal bloodsport in progress near Littleport this morning.

One officer tweeted: “Hale Fen Road Norfolk/Cambs border great work from @NPAShq [National Police Air Service] guiding us in to catch suspected hare coursers.”

The low-lying Fens are popular with coursers, despite the ban on their activity which became law more than 10 years ago.

Police said last week there were reports of hares being pursued in Tibenham, Little Downham, Welney, Ten Mile bank, Fincham, Tacolneston, Littleport, Terrington St Clement, Welney, Friday Bridge and Southery.

Norfolk is believed to be used as a training ground for dogs, before they are raced in organised meets in South Lincolnshire, where large bets are often placed on the outcome.

Coursers claim the object is for the dogs to score points by turning the hare - not killing it.

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