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Three men arrested and dogs seized after allegations of hare coursing near Louth

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Three people have been arrested following an allegation of hare coursing near North Cockerington, Louth.

Two men and a 17-year-old from County Durham were arrested and three dogs and a Nissan Almera seized.

The three men have since been bailed for further enquiries.

The dogs are being cared for at kennels and an application will be made for forfeiture/re-homing of them.

This comes after the first weekend of Lincolnshire Police’s Operation Galileo enforcement campaign, which aims to combat hare coursing countywide.

There were 27 incidents of hare coursing reported over the weekend, spread across Spalding, The Deepings, Sleaford, Boston and The Wolds.

Chief Inspector Jim Tyner, force lead for rural crime, said: “We have to balance our response to reports of hare coursing with other competing demands.

“Whilst I understand the frustration of rural communities when we can’t respond I want people to be reassured that we are committed to reducing hare coursing.

“Our seizure of dogs demonstrates this commitment as this is believed to be a significant deterrent.

“The message from me is simple: if you are caught hare coursing in Lincolnshire we will seize your dogs, seize your vehicles and see you in court.”