Friday, 17 August, 2012 - Modified on Friday, 17 August, 2012 at 11:53 am
At harvest time, when fields are cleared, there is often an increase in the incidents of hare coursing, with perpetrators travelling some distance to take part in this illegal activity, and in some counties, hare coursing activity has been linked to a general increase in crime and thefts of property from rural locations.
Police in Shropshire have already reported an increase in activity around the Albrighton and Shifnal area with several different Ford Transit vans seen acting suspiciously and in one incident a van was seen to be carrying four Lurcher type dogs.
A dark green coloured estate car part registration thought to be B11 ... with two males and three Lurcher type dogs is also suspected of hare coursing.
Please be on your guard while around the countryside. Rural crime is under reported, and passing information to the police is essential if we are to reduce the opportunities for rural crime. If you see any suspicious vehicles or suspicious activity, please contact the police immediately.
Staffordshire Police non-emergency telephone number is 101 or pass specific information about crime or criminals anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800-555-111. In an emergency call ‘999'.