Boston and Skegness officers lead operation to arrest hare coursers and seize vehicles and dogs

The Boston officers involved
The Boston officers involved

A report of hare coursing prompted a rapid response from officers at Boston and led to a number of arrests and seizures of dogs and vehicles.

The incident in Wrangle, Boston on 18 February was aggravated by the use of threats and violence by hare coursers who caused damage to a farmer’s property and vehicle. Officers from Boston were soon on the scene and as the incident was on the north-east side of Boston, reinforcements arrived from Skegness too.

Police were able to successfully contain six offenders within a large area who were forced to abandon their vehicle and make off on foot. Officers worked as a team, keeping observations across the area to ensure the offenders could not escape.

The offenders entered a small section of trees and two were found, with the support of local farmers. They surrendered and the remaining four chose to flee on foot and were soon captured and arrested. Their vehicle and six lurcher dogs were also seized who were taken to an approved kennel.

The six men, aged between 18 and 42 were arrested for hare coursing offences, specifically trespass in the pursuit of game, and trespass near to a railway.

They have been released on bail pending further inquiries for the hare coursing offences.

This enforcement comes on top of two recent days of coordinated action to target hare coursing. On both days our officers joined forces with those from Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, East Midlands Operational Support Service (EMOpSS) and were supported by the RSPCA.

A day of action, also on 18 February, focused in the Deeping St Nicholas area. Three men were directed to leave the county warnings, a vehicle was seized and a driver dealt with for traffic offences.

A day of action in Deeping St James on Saturday, March 4, was organised following concerns from the local community. This resulted in two vehicles being seized and five people directed to leave the county under a Dispersal Order in relation to hare coursing.

Superintendent Mark Housley said: “We have received fantastic support in these cases which has been great to see – from local farmers on the first day of action and from officers from neighbouring forces this weekend.

“Support of this nature is key to our crackdown on hare coursing and we will continue to listen to communities and deploy our resources to problem areas.

“It is vital that incidents of hare coursing are reported to us and I’d like to thank those that have done so in these days of action. If you become aware of a case, please report it to us on 101 giving as much information as you can.”