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Warning signs up to stop illegal hare coursing

30th December 2010 | Warning Signs

Posted by Jason Nicholls.

Warning signs will be given to farmers in Lancashire to warn people that if they undertake coursing – the act of dogs chasing the animals across rural land – they will be reported to the police.

According to the Blackpool Gazette, police officers will give the signs to farmers in Wyre to place on their land after several parts of the town have been rife with coursing.

The signs feature the slogan 'spare the hare' and will be used in the Preesall, Garstang, Pilling, Nateby, Eagland Hill, Bleasdale and Caldervale areas.

"Due to its rural setting, a lot of people come to this area to try and carry out hare coursing. Even with the permission of the landowner, this is illegal, PCSO Natalie Johnstone told the newspaper.

"Not only is hare coursing cruel and against the law, it also brings the added risk of additional crime with it – hare coursers are usually trespassing, can commit criminal damage and may also carry out opportunistic crime such as thefts or burglaries."


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