Police have vowed to “deal robustly” with anyone taking part in hare coursing during the harvest period.
Hare coursing – which has been illegal in the UK since 2005 – involves the pursuit of a hare with a greyhound or other sight hound. Events usually involve illegal gambling and in some parts of the country thousands of pounds have been recovered.
Sergeant Jamie Bartlett said: “Not only do illegal coursers and poachers trespass on private land, damage crops and property, but they also often steal property and can be abusive and intimidating to those who challenge them.”
Anyone caught hare coursing could face a fine of up to £5,000, disqualification from driving and even imprisonment.