Four men arrested on suspicion of hare coursing in north Suffolk yesterday have been summoned to court to answer charges.
Suffolk police were alerted at 8.40am on Thursday by a report that a group of men were hare coursing in a field between the A143 and the road to Barningham.
A 20-year-old and 53-year-old, both of Sittingbourne, Kent, a 19-year-old from Gravesend, Kent, and an 18-year-old from Reigate, Surrey, were taken to Bury St Edmunds Investigation Centre for questioning.
Operation Galileo, an operation by Suffolk police and supported by the National Farmer’s Union (NFU), is currently targeting groups who use the county’s farmlands for hare coursing.
Brian Finnerty, of the Suffolk NFU, told the Diss Express: “Unfortunately we are moving into the hare coursing season. It is very much an autumn and winter activity.
“I think it is an ongoing problem, but it is something Suffolk police are taking more seriously.”
Residents in rural areas are being asked to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to police. Specific information, such as vehicle registrations, make, model, and colour is particularly helpful to officers.
Anyone who witnesses any suspicious activity should not approach but to contact police on 101, or 999 in an emergency.