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CLA update ‘action plan’ to combat hare coursing

An action plan outlining how farmers, landowners, police and Government can work together to bring justice to those involved in hare coursing has been updated by the CLA.

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CLA update ‘action plan’ to combat hare coursing

Outlawed by the 2004 Hunting Act, hare coursing is an organised criminal activity which takes place illegally without the permission of the landowner and can cause thousands of pounds of damage to land and crops.

 

CLA president Mark Bridgeman said:Following harvest, we always see a spike in hare coursing and sadly the problem is once again prevalent.

 

“Those involved in this crime are hardened criminals who will not think twice about threatening and intimidating anyone who attempts to stop them from pursuing this illegal activity.


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“We hope, through our updated action plan, that our advice to farmers and landowners will be crucial in helping prevent this type of crime taking place in the future.”

 

The action plan has called for:

  • The introduction of specific sentencing guidelines for hare coursing.
  • Provision of resources.
  • Strengthened legislation.
  • Additional training to be made available for 101 call handlers.
  • Convicted hare coursers and the dogs involved to be registered on the Police National Computer.

Any hare coursing incidents should be reported from a safe location to the police by calling 101, or 999 if the crime is in progress.

 

Signs to encourage the reporting of hare coursing are available to CLA members via their regional office.

 

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