Local policing priorities for Bishops Castle and Rural

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Consultation with the community has identified the following priorities in this neighbourhood.


The particular areas near Bishops Castle of Lea, Totterton, Plowden, Two Crosses and The Home have been popular areas for hare coursing over a period of years now and it often attracts coursers from afar. The individuals have been known to be part of the criminal fraternity, possibly with links to organised crime.

The coursers that come to this area are often groups of men and travel in old tatty vehicles, usually estates or 4x4s. They will park up in gateways, down tracks or in un-gated fields. Coursers will often walk along the edge of a field to frighten a hare into the open before setting their dogs upon it.

Issued 14 September, 2017