A police operation to reduce hare coarsing in and around Preston has been hailed a success.Advertisement
Lancashire Police say their South Rural Task Force has reduced reports of the illegal activity across Preston, Chorley, South Ribble and West Lancashire by 66 per cent.
The team has secured eight successful prosecutions, three criminal behaviour orders, conducted 57 stop searches, seized six vehicles and seized and safeguarded six dogs.
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Sergeant Darren Carr said: “Hare coursing and poaching is a huge issue for our rural community, with too many people living in fear of these crimes and criminals, many of whom have links to organised criminality.
“We are committed to tackling this issue and we would like to thank the public for their continued support in reporting incidents to us so that we can bring offenders to justice.”
Andrew Snowden, Lancashire’s Police and Crime Commissioner said: “It’s great to see this recognition for the team’s hard work, highlighting their commitment to protecting rural communities and ensuring criminals understand that in south division, and across Lancashire, rural areas are a no go.
“The impact that our rural taskforces continue to have, delivering dedicated, targeted policing that engages with rural communities and addresses their unique policing needs is testament to all their hard work.
“My Fighting Crime Plan commits to the people of Lancashire that all of our areas and communities, from our countryside to our largest cities, feel protected. I will continue working with the Chief Constable on the issues that matter to people as I lead the fight against crime in Lancashire.”
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