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Hare coursers arrested from all over UK

Police in Lincolnshire say they are still catching hare coursers on a daily basis.

Lincolnshire Police launched their special crackdown on hare coursing, 'Operation Galileo', last September and say they are bringing more offenders to justice.

There have been 550 prosecutions since September 2012, and 1200 reported cases over the last year.

One recent incident resulted in around £30,000 worth of betting on dogs for the offenders.

The illegal sport, which involves dogs like lurchers chasing hares to kill them, can mean big money for those behind it.

But the police face a common problem - the coursers will say they have been given permission to be on the land to catch rabbits, and witnesses are often reluctant to give evidence. Sergeant Dave Robinson of Lincolnshire Police has been talking to Kate Hemingway.

Farmers count cost of illegal hare coursing

Police in Lincolnshire say they are still catching hare coursers on a daily basis. There have been 550 prosecutions since September 2012, and 1200 reported cases over the last year.

Officers launched their special crackdown 'Operation Galileo' last September and say they are bringing more offenders to justice.

One recent incident resulted in around £30,000 worth of betting on dogs for the offenders.

The illegal sport, which involves dogs like lurchers chasing hares to kill them, can mean big money for those behind it.

But for the farmers it's a blight on their land, and one with huge financial implications as they have to devote a lot of time to finding and fending off the coursers.

Mark Leggott who farms on the Fens near Boston has been speaking to Kate Hemingway.

Crackdown on hare coursing in Lincolnshire

Police say to date 21 men have been prosecuted for crimes relating to illegal hare coursing in Lincolnshire. A specialist police team have been in operation in the area for one month now.

In that time they have caught offenders from as far as the West Midlands and Wales who have travelled to the area to hunt. They've also recovered 5 vehicles, rescued five dogs and seized mobile phones.

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Tackling hare coursing in Lincolnshire

Police in Lincolnshire are starting a crackdown on hare coursing.

A specialist team of seven officers has been set up after figures showed incidents have increased year on year.

The illegal sport uses dogs to chase hares across the countryside and police say it attracts people who are often involved in other sorts of crime. The season which runs from September to March.

We have spoken to Chief Inspector Kieran English from Lincolnshire Police abou it.

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