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PFCC strongly welcomes new legislation to crack down on cruel illegal hare coursing

Roger Hirst, Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex strongly supports the tougher sentencing and improved police powers to tackle cruel practice of chasing hares with dogs announced by the Government this week.

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Roger said: “Tackling rural crime and supporting rural communities is a key priority in my Police and Crime Plan. Thanks to extra investment over the last four years Essex has one of the largest Rural Crime Teams in the country and they do an excellent job working with our rural communities to prevent and tackle crime.

“Hare coursing is an awful, invasive crime that causes thousands of pounds of damage and creates fear in isolated rural communities. I strongly welcome the Government’s plan to increase the sentences for those committing this crime and will do all I can to ensure anybody committing this crime in Essex feels the full force of the law.”

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