Hare coursing vehicle crushed
Hare coursers were sent a clear message today when Lincolnshire Police crushed a car seized in the county.
The silver Honda 4X4 was crushed at a facility near Horncastle as part of a renewed effort to tackle gangs that are descending on the county’s countryside.
Lincolnshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner said the action was just a first step in a drive to improve rural community safety.
However the real solution, he said, doesn’t simply rely upon action from the county’s police force but in all agencies working together to combat the problem.
“There isn’t one simple solution to problem of rural crime. We need to make sure that the force acts, that when people are caught they are prosecuted to the full extent of the law and then magistrates have to impose sentences that act as a deterrent,” he said.
“If one of the links in the chain doesn’t hold then the whole process becomes much more difficult.
“Myself and the new chief constable have made public pledges to tackle these gangs arriving in our communities and today’s action shows our intent.”
Lincolnshire Police’s Assistant Chief Constable Paul Gibson says: “The crushing of this vehicle is a visual representation of the steps we are prepared to take to tackle hare coursing. We fully recognise the impact hare coursing has on rural communities and the fear and concern it causes.
“Wherever we can, we prosecute offenders and employ other deterrents such as seizing vehicles and confiscating dogs and we are committed to supporting farmers and protecting the countryside from those who come to Lincolnshire to commit these offences.”
The Honda was seized on 24th September last year at Deeping St James.
For more information contact Jon Grubb on 07780 953575 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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