Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 10°C

min temp: 4°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Stowmarket: Farmers’ meeting calls for crackdown on hare coursing

08:50 28 November 2012

L-R Supt Terry Byford Farmer Jimmy Forrest CLA East Chief Nicola Currie ACC Tim Newcomb

L-R Supt Terry Byford Farmer Jimmy Forrest CLA East Chief Nicola Currie ACC Tim Newcomb

Archant

More than 60 farmers met with police today to air their concerns about growing problems with hare coursing in Suffolk.

shares

The informal meeting, organised by Country Land and Business Association (CLA) East at the Cedars Hotel in Stowmarket, followed an incident earlier this month when a farmer in his 60s confronting hare coursers was hit by a car at Hitcham, near Stowmarket, injuring his back and cutting his hand.

Rural neighbourhoods in Suffolk were asked to be vigilant this winter against hare coursers as Assistant Chief Constable Tim Newcomb and Superintendant Terry Byford heard farmers’ concerns.

Hare coursing is the pursuit of hares with dogs, which chase by sight and not scent.

Police and the CLA said there had been an increase in calls over the past few weeks regarding suspicious vehicles in the rural areas which may be linked to the illegal activity.

They are urging the public to report anything unusual in their area so a body of evidence can be built up and offenders can be stopped.

The meeting discussed how hare coursing can be eradicated by police and the community working in partnership.

CLA East regional director Nicola Currie, who chaired the meeting and lives in Hitcham, said: “Hare coursers are vicious criminals. It is a highly organised crime based on illegal betting with very large sums of money changing hands. The offenders are likely to operate in remote areas where they can video the event, streaming it back to a location, often across the county boundary.

“The CLA meet with each county police force annually and we know that Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire are currently having a clampdown on hare coursing. The consequence is that we are now seeing an increasing number of incidents in Suffolk, a county which used to have the problem under control.”

Suffolk Constabulary’s Assistant Chief Constable Tim Newcomb said: “Hare coursers are criminals and give no consideration to landowners’ property and crops. They often have a sophisticated information network and knowledge of rural areas and they invariably know about vulnerable properties in the area, short cuts, and escape routes. Their actions mean that rural communities can often feel very intimidated.

“Police are keen to encourage landowners and members of the public to report any activity they think may be suspicious. If coursing is suspected, do not confront the participants but call police immediately. Where possible, ensure as much details as possible is noted about the offenders to help police in tracing the individuals.”

Call police on 999 if you see a crime in progress or 101 if you have information. Alternatively you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously with information.

shares

5 comments

  • "More than 60 farmers met with police today to air their concerns about growing problems with hare coursing in Suffolk." The CLA seems to be helpful but, as a farmer, I would advise my colleagues to be wary of the Countryside Alliance, some of whose leading lights actual support the so-called 'sport' of hare coursing. They are wrong, disgustingly so.

    Report this comment

    Geoffrey Woollard

    Wednesday, November 28, 2012

  • I submitted my comment once. The EADT system published in three times!

    Report this comment

    Geoffrey Woollard

    Wednesday, November 28, 2012

  • "More than 60 farmers met with police today to air their concerns about growing problems with hare coursing in Suffolk." The CLA seems to be helpful but, as a farmer, I would advise my colleagues to be wary of the Countryside Alliance, some of whose leading lights actual support the so-called 'sport' of hare coursing. They are wrong, disgustingly so.

    Report this comment

    Geoffrey Woollard

    Wednesday, November 28, 2012

  • "More than 60 farmers met with police today to air their concerns about growing problems with hare coursing in Suffolk." The CLA seems to be helpful but, as a farmer, I would advise my colleagues to be wary of the Countryside Alliance, some of whose leading lights actual support the so-called 'sport' of hare coursing. They are wrong, disgustingly so.

    Report this comment

    Geoffrey Woollard

    Wednesday, November 28, 2012

  • Hare coursing is nothing to do with sport it is organised by hardened criminals who make their money from illegal betting, often involving large sums of money. They are frequently involved in other crimes and have no qualms about using intimidation and violence.

    Report this comment

    Nicola Currie

    Thursday, November 29, 2012

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

Stock image of police road closed sign.

A Suffolk woman has died during car crash which left a man and a baby in hospital.

Pupils and Students outside Bealings Primary School where they are planning to boycott classes next Tuesday as a protest against SATS.

A group of parents from Suffolk are planning to take their children out of school for the day in a show of protest against SATs exams.

Familie Floz will be among the diverse dance line-up for Latitude.

A feast of international dance – along with extra names from the music and theatre world – has today been announced for this summer’s Latitude Festival.

Three arrests in rogue trader inquiry

Three suspected doorstep conmen have been arrested in Ipswich after residents at two addresses reported rogue traders calling on them.

Jill Reece with her petition againt the closure of the barrow crossing at Halesworth Station.

Campaigners are hoping to reach a “sensible and safe solution” to keep a foot crossing open at a north Suffolk rail station.

UK farmers have seen their profits squeezed by a number of factors.

The total income from UK farming fell by a “staggering” 29% in 2015, with a loss of more than £1.5billion, according to figures released by the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) yesterday.

Nearly 14,000 people flocked to the Felixstowe Spa Pavilion during the first three months of its re-opening. Photo: Su Anderson

The new owners of Felixstowe’s Spa Pavilion are celebrating after it was revealed thousands have flocked to see shows at the recently re-opened venue.

Most read

Great Days Out

cover

Click here to view
the Great Days Out
supplement

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24