Isle is a hare-coursing hot spot for travelling gangs

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Gangs of men with dogs are targeting the Isle from as far away as Cumbria, to go hare-coursing across private land.

Police are stepping up operations in a bid to track and nab offenders, who cause thousands of pounds of damage to farmers’ crops and property, and steal farming property.

Isle of Axholme police officer Dean Southam said: “We do take this activity very seriously and will get the police helicopter out to track these gangs when necessary. If they know they have been seen they tend to move their activity elsewhere, then reappear in the Isle at a later date.


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