Local policing priorities for Bishops Castle and Rural

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

Priority

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

Action taken

Regular patrols have been conducted in the known area's, particularly on Sundays. Any reports of vehicles seen in suspicious circumstances or believed to be Hare coursing have been shared on social media.

Regular liaison with local gamekeepers would suggests that activity has died down over November and December. I declined Hare population on the area may also be a key factor.

Local officers will continue to monitor and patrol the areas for the rest of the Winter and into Spring.

**Update 21/04/18** Winter 2017 - 2018 has seen considerably less activity around hare coursing or poaching compared to previous years. SNT will still pay passing attention.

Actioned 14 March, 2018

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