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Suffolk police arrest four hare coursers after chase across two counties

Three men and a teenage boy have been arrested for hare coursing in Suffolk.



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Suffolk police arrest four hare coursers after chase across two counties

According to ITV, the police visited fields near Capel St Mary at 2pm last Sunday after they received reports that a group of men and dogs were in the area.

 

A black Subaru ended up crashing after being chased by the officers, but failed to stop. There were no injuries.

 

After a short police pursuit in Essex, the vehicle finally stopped, with the occupants of the car making off on foot.

 

Four people from the Surrey area were arrested on suspicion of hare coursing, dangerous driving, failing to stop following a collision and failure to stop when requested to do so by an officer.

 

They have all been released while investigations continue.

 

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In July, South Cambridgeshire arable farmer Will Wombwell was battered with a metal bar after challenging hare coursers on his land.

 

He said: “Unfortunately we are seen as a soft target and nine out of ten times the perpetrators – particularly hare coursers – are getting away with it.

 

“I cannot hook my farm onto the back of a transit and disappear; I am a sitting target and it is scary.

 

“These are harder criminals we are dealing with. Their first port of call was to wallop me with a metal bar – whilst on my farm defending my private property.


“Quite why they think they have the right to run across a farmer’s private land baffles me.”


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