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Four suspected hare coursers banned from Cambridgeshire and from owning greyhounds or lurchers

PUBLISHED: 13:51 08 October 2018 | UPDATED: 15:53 08 October 2018

Denny Loveridge. Photo: Cambridgeshire Police

Denny Loveridge. Photo: Cambridgeshire Police

Cambridgeshire Police

Four men have been handed county court injunctions to prevent them from hare coursing in Cambridgeshire.

James Crickmore. Photo: Cambridgeshire PoliceJames Crickmore. Photo: Cambridgeshire Police

Denny Loveridge, James Crickmore, John Jefford and Mark Loveridge were caught by police using a new database designed to track and convict suspected hare coursers.

The injunctions mean the men cannot enter any farm land in Cambridgeshire between July 31 and March 31, the months of the traditional hare coursing season.

The county’s flat farmland is ideal terrain for coursing, where lurchers and greyhounds hunt hares by sight.

Dogs complete to show which is the fastest and most agile, with large sums often bet on the result.

John Jefford. Photo: Cambridgeshire PoliceJohn Jefford. Photo: Cambridgeshire Police

The judge was satisfied that he had heard evidence showing the men had been involved in the banned bloodsport over a two year period and therefore handed the men injunctions.

PC Gareth Tanner said: “This is an excellent result for the rural community and one of the first of its kind. I’m confident that the conditions granted will be effective.

“This has been a considerable piece of work, both due to the complexity of the tactics used, and the amount of evidence presented at court because of the sheer persistence of these individuals.

“Hare coursing costs the farming community thousands every year in damages to crops and land, as well as the obvious cruelty issues.”

Mark Loveridge. Photo: Cambridgeshire PoliceMark Loveridge. Photo: Cambridgeshire Police

Mark Loveridge, 38, of Milton Place, Horton, Slough, was suspected of 13 hare coursing incidents. He must not own a sighthound or drive a four-wheel-drive vehicle during hare coursing season.

John Jefford, 42, of Scotland Road, Cambridge, was suspected of 13 hare coursing incidents. He must not own a sighthound or be in the company of another person with one.

Denny Loveridge, 38, of Mill Place Caravan Park, Datchet, Slough, was suspected of 17 incidents. He must not own a sighthound or drive a four-wheel-drive vehicle during hare coursing season.

James Crickmore, 38, of Fen Road, Cambridge was suspected of 26 incidents. He must not own a sighthound or be in the company of another person with one.

The injunctions are in place for three years.

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