People asked to report suspicious activity and keep hare coursers out of this area’s countryside

Humberside police is asking for help to keep hare coursers out of this area’s countryside.

Sunday, 20th December 2020, 7:45 am
Operation Galileo officers are operating dedicated patrols in rural communities across the East Riding. Photo submitted.

Officers from Operation Galileo, a specialist unit set up to specifically target offences relating to hare coursing, is hoping people will report any suspicious activity.

Landowners are also being urged to consider measure such as preventing easy access by vehicles to land by using obstacles, gates and other barriers.

Hare coursers often use old 4x4s and carry lurcher-type dogs in their vehicles while looking for a place to operate.

Wildlife and heritage crime officer PC Richard Fussey, said: “Hare coursing is an ongoing issue in our rural communities that we are working closely with both landowners and our local authorities to combat it.

“Offenders often cause significant damage to crops and repeated incidents continue to alarm the local residents.

“We take the issue of hare coursing very seriously and with Operation Galileo we continue to have dedicated patrols across the our rural communities.

“These patrols act as both a deterrent to the offenders and to enable us to locate and deal with those responsible.

“Hare coursers often use old 4x4s and carry lurcher-type dogs in their vehicles.

“If you see any vehicle being driven in a suspicious way in our countryside please call us and report your concerns.

“Prevention measures should be considered by landowners such as preventing easy access by vehicles to land by using obstacles, gates and other barriers. This is one of the most effective measures that can be taken to frustrate and deter these criminals.

“Please call 101 to report any suspicious activity – if you call us we will act.”

For more information on how to sign up for Humberside Police Farm Watch or Country Watch schemes, or to find out about crime prevention workshops, email [email protected] or visit the www.humberside.police.uk/wildlife-and-rural-crime website.