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Spalding farmer sees some hope in the fight against hare coursing

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Spalding farmer sees some hope in the fight against hare coursing

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Friday, 4 February 2022

Lincolnshire Police

Gangs of men rampaging over your property, causing criminal damage and threatening the occupier. This scenario would be unacceptable in an urban environment, so why is it a daily occurrence in rural Lincolnshire?

The criminals hunt hares with fast greyhounds. This is not sport; it is a lucrative criminal activity. They video each kill, and they then sell the video on the ‘black web.’ Many thousands of pounds are gambled on the number of turns that each hare makes, and which greyhound makes the eventual kill.

These gangs are easy to identify. Their vehicle of choice is a four-wheel drive truck, often with obscured number plates and covered in mud.

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