Five arrests in connection with hare coursing in Barnham
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.