Operation Galileo police warn men to leave Grantham area after reports of hare coursing

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A number of men have been told to leave the Grantham area following reports of hare coursing in the area.

Lincolnshire Police has released details of its latest Operation Galileo enforcement activity against hare coursing in the county.

Since September 1 there have been 161 men arrested or reported for summons. A total of 18 vehicles have been seized and 79 other men have been dealt with by other enforcement action such as direction to leave, traffic offences, etc.

On 31st January four men from the West Midlands and Wales were suspected of involvement in hare coursing at Ruskington were escorted to the county boundary. There was no evidence to link them to hare coursing.

On 31st January two men from Nottingham were warned to leave the area following a report of hare coursers in the Easton area of Grantham. There was no evidence to link them to hare coursing.

On 30th January a Peugeot 406 was seized following reports of hare coursing at Thorpe Tilney Fen.

On 29th January a man from Northamptonshire was reported for summons for trespassing in the pursuit of game at Kirton.

On 27th January a Kent man suspected of being involved in hare coursing was given a formal ‘Direction to Leave’ the county of Lincolnshire and escorted to the county boundary.

On 27th January a lurcher dog abandoned by hare coursers in the Spalding area was collected by police and is now being safely looked after.

The drivers/keepers of a Jeep Cherokee and a Subaru Forrester suspected being involved in hare coursing at New Leake on 27th January will be dealt with for failing to stop for police.

On 25th January three men from the West Midlands were warned and asked to leave the area following a report of hare coursing in Stickney. There was insufficient evidence to link them to an offence.

Force lead for rural crime Chief Inspector Jim Tyner said: “Operation Galileo continues and I remain determined that we use all legislative powers available to us to deal with the scourge of hare coursing. Where there isn’t enough evidence for a prosecution we will use other disruption tactics to deter people from visiting the county for hare coursing.”