Number of reported hare coursing incidents in Lincolnshire on the decrease
The number of incidents of hare coursing reported to Lincolnshire Police has decreased in the last year.
The were 810 incidents reported throughout the county between September 2012 and March 2013.
This is compared to 1100 the year before.
This reduction has occurred during a season when the police have been positively encouraging farmers, landowners and the general public to assist us by reporting such incidents.
Since September 2012, the Operation Galileo team have been responsible for 186 prosecutions under the Gaming or Hunting Acts.
Another 90 people have been stop checked and warned prior to commencing any coursing.
Many of those prosecutions are still going through the courts but already there have been fines, banning orders and disqualification from driving.
Some vehicles have also been seized and a small number of dogs have been recovered.
Inspector Andy Ham, who leads the operation, said: "Lincolnshire police would like to thank those members of our rural communities who have helped us to tackle this issue by reporting illegal activity and where appropriate, supporting proescutions by making statements.
"Some reports of hare coursing will no doubt continue to be received, and will continue to be dealt with robustly.
"Rural Crime remains a force priority.
"Lincolnshire Police will continue to try to deal with the concerns of rural communities by tackling such high impact criminal activity."