Raising awareness of Hare Coursing

Northamptonshire Police and Northamptonshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner, in partnership with independent charity Crimestoppers, are raising awareness of Hare Coursing in and across rural areas of Northamptonshire.

Hare Coursing is where dogs are used to chase, catch and kill hares, often for the purposes of betting. It takes place on areas of flat, open land where the dogs can easily and visibly pursue the hare. It is typically carried out by large groups of people who travel long distances. Those that are involved will also do so as a part of high stakes unlawful gambling.  Under the Hunting Act 2004, hunting wild mammals with dogs is illegal and can incur a fine of up to £5,000. Those taking part may also have their vehicles and dogs seized by the Police.  Please see the Crimestoppers guidance on what to look out for at https://www.northantscalc.com/uploads/hare-coursing-e-newsletterv2.pdf