Norfolk Police is warning they'll take strong action against anyone they find taking part in hare coursing in the countryside
They're warning people to be vigilant describing the activity as having a 'terrible impact on communities', which 'threatens livelihoods and subjects people to fear and intimidation.'
Norfolk Police have joined up with 12 other forces as part of Operation Galileo to share intelligence to clampdown on the practice. Officers will also be carrying out patrols in areas identified as potential targets for hare coursing.
Hare coursing has been illegal for more than a decade, since the implementation of the Hunting Act 2004. This banned activity sees greyhounds and other 'sight' hounds, such as lurchers, chasing a hare by sight, not scent.
The dogs flush out the hares in the fields and are then released from their leads to chase, and often kill, the hare. Frequently the practice is highly organised. Significant sums of money can change hands in the form of illegal betting and gambling on the outcome. The victor is determined by the first dog to catch and 'turn' the hare or kill it.