National Police Air Service snare alleged illegal hare coursers in Wing

Individuals who were suspected to be hunting with dogs on farmland near Mentmore last night were arrested on suspicion of Hunting Act offences.

Thursday, 28th November 2019, 11:36 am
Individuals who were suspected to be hunting with dogs on farmland near Mentmore last night were arrested on suspicion of Hunting Act offences.
Individuals who were suspected to be hunting with dogs on farmland near Mentmore last night were arrested on suspicion of Hunting Act offences.

Three dogs and a vehicle were also seized, and two males were arrested.

Both suspects are now in custody while the investigation continues.

Thames Valley Police said this morning: "Great work by our NPAS (National Police Air Service) colleagues last night, who located individuals suspected to be hunting with dogs on farmland last night in the Mentmore area.

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"A prompt response from Team 5 resulted in the arrest of two males on suspicion of Hunting Act offences, 3 dogs seized and a vehicle seized suspected to be involved in crime.

"Both suspects are in custody and the investigation continues at this time."

Hare coursing is illegal under the Hunting Act 2004- it is the pursuit of hares with dogs. It is also rural crime, a priority for us and we will deal with offenders robustly.

Thames Valley Police have asked the public to please continue to report countryside crime or suspicious circumstances to police.

To report a live incident please call 999 - Otherwise call 101.

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