Report what you see
Written by Martin Steers on November 12, 2019
‘Report what you see’ plea from Northamptonshire police after a vehicle used in illegal hare coursing is seized.
Rural crime officers at Northamptonshire police seized a red Suzuki Vitara in Irchester last month using powers under Section 59 of the Police Reform Act.
The vehicle came to police attention after reports from locals that it was being used in the illegal pursuit of hares using dogs.
Rural crime officer PC Paul Mitchinson said: “Thanks to the vigilance of the people who reported this vehicle… we were able to use legal powers to seize it…. After it was recovered we had a lot of messages from people saying they had seen it being used this way, but they hadn’t reported it to us. If we don’t know something is happening, we can’t act, so I’d urge anyone who sees or knows about something like hare coursing taking place to let police know”
Northamptonshire police are also urging people to download the What3Word app to provide accurate locations which can be especially useful in pinpointing rural locations.
Report by Robert Mullane