Further incidents of Hare Coursing spread across Essex

PUBLISHED: 21:31 03 March 2017 | UPDATED: 21:31 03 March 2017

Officers from Essex and Herts Police on a previous joint operation to combat rural crime

Officers from Essex and Herts Police on a previous joint operation to combat rural crime

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Further incidents of illegal hare coursing in the Saffron Walden area have caused thousands of pounds of damage following similar incidents just one week ago.

Hare coursing is believed to have taken place in three Uttlesford locations between February 17 and February 18. The incident on Newland End Lane, Littlebury, left winter wheat crops damaged after a vehicle was driven through a field and similar damage was caused to property in Clavering. Crop damage was also caused to a field on Cambridge Road, Newport. The damage, combined worth £2000, in Newport and Clavering is believed to have been caused by vehicles in pursuit of hares.

Four dead hares where also placed on a car between 11.20pm and 11.27pm on February 22 where the vehicle was parked at Stortford Road, Hatfield Heath. A padlock to a field in Littlebury was also cut between 4pm on February 20 and 5pm February 22 in order to carry out hare coursing.

Police launched operation Galileo on Saturday, February 18, starting a countywide crackdown on the illegal sport.

Anyone with information regarding these incidents should contact Essex Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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