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Posts from July 2018

With the harvest now well underway due to the hot weather, please be on the lookout for hare coursers out & about. We are looking for 4x4s / estate vehicles in cut fields & people with lurchers type dogs with slip leads. For more info see below: 
 
Hare coursing 
 
What is hare coursing?  
Hare coursing is a blood sport where dogs are used to chase, catch and kill hares. 
It is illegal in the UK under the Hunting Act 2004, which makes it an offence to hunt wild mammals with dogs. Anyone convicted of the offence can receive a fine of up to £5,000 by a Magistrates’ Court. 
Legislation also gives police the powers to seize and detain vehicles until the court hearing. Powers to seize vehicles may also be granted under section 30 of the Game Act 1831. 
Hare coursing tends to start after harvest when large areas of land have been cleared of standing crops. It usually occurs at dawn or dusk. 
Milton Keynes rural landscape makes it a popular area for hare coursing. It often attracts coursers from outside of the county. 
 
What to look out for 
If you see a suspicious vehicle / persons looking like they are scouting out your village, it is important to call 101 in the first instance and ask for Thames Valley Police and give them the registration plate if possible and description of people. 
 
The reason for this is:- 
 
a. The vehicle may be known to the police for previous crime activity 
b. The registration gets logged on our systems and the control room do a registered owner check on the vehicle so if it is spotted again, we have the details on our system 
c. If there has been a theft or burglary in the village, then at least we have a suspicious vehicle registration number that we can follow up on when investigating. 
d. Don’t forget when they are driving around, they are normally only scouting, looking to see who is home or not and they wouldn’t hesitate to come back a few days later, if not that night. 
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