Farmers and landowners living in the Cambridgeshire countryside say they are being attacked and intimidated on a daily basis, with criminals operating in rural locations becoming increasingly violent.
There has been a 400% increase in reported incidents of hare coursing since 2014, with many people living in isolated areas say those responsible regularly threaten and harass anyone who stands in their way.
- Click to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Graham Stothard
Many of the people who experience the abuse on a regular basis were reluctant to show their face for fear of retribution, so only spoke on the assurance their identity would be obscured.
The pictures below were taken by members of Cambridgeshire Countryside Watch. Dead hares and sometimes even sheep, where the dogs have got out of control.
- in 2017 the cost of rural crime in Cambridgeshire was the second highest in the UK - £1,716,879. It marked a slight increase on the year before.
- The rise in hare coursing though, has been very steep. In 2014 there were 364 reported incidents, in 2017 it was 1807.
Click to watch an interview with Inspector Matt Johnson from Cambridgeshire Police
Cambridgeshire Countryside Watch was set up as a group to help farmers, landowners and people living in isolated areas communicate better, and report any crimes they were aware had been committed.
A specialist unit within Cambridgeshire Police has been set up to tackle rural crime, but the large amount of ground to cover makes it a difficult job.
Officers also say the law they use to prosecute hare coursers are unsuitable.