Crackdown on hare hunters

Police and a countryside organisation have teamed up to encourage people to report hare coursing.

Friday, 13th January 2017, 2:57 pm
Updated Friday, 13th January 2017, 3:01 pm
Libby Bateman (CLA North Adviser), Clive Grunshaw (Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner), Brent Jackson (owner of smallholding in Pilling), Lorraine Ellwood (Rural and Wildlife Crime Coordinator at Lancashire Constabulary) and Barbara Mackie (CLA Lancashire Branch Committee Member). They are cracking down on hare coursing

The CLA and Lancashire police have teamed up to create warning signs about the wildlife crime, advising them to call police on 101. They will be displayed in prominent places such as footpaths

Lorraine Ellwood, the force’s rural and wildlife crime co-ordinator, said: “Criminals involved in this illegal activity – which is banned - often threaten landowners and damage property.

“These criminal gangs are still travelling to our area, trespassing on private farmland to chase hares with dogs. The only way to stop it is to report suspicious activity to police.”