Five arrests in connection with hare coursing in Barnham

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Five people were arrested in connection with hare coursing in Barnham this morning.

Police were called at 11am to reports of people believed to be hunting with dogs in a field close to Bury Road.

Officers attended the scene and arrested five people on suspicion of hare coursing.

They are a 21-year-old man from Hailsham, East Sussex; a 22-year-old man from Dartford, Kent; an 18-year-old man from near Sittingbourne, Kent; a 21-year-old man and a 16-year-old boy, both from near Ashford, Kent.

They have all been taken to Bury St Edmunds Police Investigation Centre to be questioned.

Hare coursing is a blood sport where dogs are used to chase, turn, catch and kill hares.

Large amounts of money are gambled on the results, with a hare’s body discarded once it has been killed.

It is illegal and anyone convicted of the offence can be fined up to £5,000 by a magistrates’ court.