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Thirteen hare coursers arrested in Norfolk

Police have been called to an incident in Upwell. Photo: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Police have been called to an incident in Upwell. Photo: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Police have sent out a strong message that they won’t tolerate hare coursing in Norfolk, after the arrest of 13 men and the seizure of their dogs and four vehicles in recent weeks.

As part of Operation Randall, the most recent arrests were made on December 16 in Snettisham, near Hunstanton.

Specially trained wildlife crime officers and members of the rural crime task force arrested three men on suspicion of trespass on land in the pursuit of game, at about 9.25am. Their five Lurcher-type dogs and vehicle were seized in connection with the incident.

T/Chief Inspector Lou Provart said: “With this action, which will continue, I want the message to be loud and clear – the police and our partners in the rural community will not tolerate hare coursing.

“It causes distress, alarm and inconvenience and we are committed to working with the public, and landowners in particular, to stop those responsible.

“It is extremely important that we work together to tackle this area of crime and I would ask that anyone who sees hare coursing being carried out to report it to police immediately.”

Norfolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner Lorne Green praised the police action.

He added: “This is great work by the Operation Randall team and a clear demonstration to those committing crime, or thinking about committing crime, in our rural areas that Norfolk’s police and communities will not stand for it.

“We will not turn a blind eye; we will be relentless in fighting rural crime and using all the means at our disposal to stop it. As PCC, I’ve said tackling rural crime will be one of my priorities, and I mean it.”

How are you helping to fight rural crime where you live/ or work? Email david.bale2@archant.co.uk

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