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Warnings have been issued about a possible increase in illegal hare coursing in the East of England as the harvest gets underway.
The Country Land and Business Association (CLA) in the East fears there will be a rise in the crime where dogs are used to chase and kill hares as farmers and landowners begin clearing their land of standing crops during this year’s harvest.
The CLA says coursers take advantage of the wide open spaces, trespassing on private land in order to set their dogs on to hares – often betting thousands of pounds on the resulting chase.
In Cambridgeshire in recent years there has been a threefold increase in hare coursing.
The county has a Rural Crime Action Team and a dedicated website to highlight and tackle all aspects of crime in the countryside.