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Tackling illegal hare coursing

6th March 2019

Jonathan Djanogly joined Police and Crime Commissioner, Jason Ablewhite and other local MPs at a meeting at the House of Lords yesterday (5th March) to discuss problems faced by police in combatting illegal hare coursing.

Jonathan and the Commissioner along with MPs Shailesh Vara (North West Cambridgeshire), and Heidi Allen (South Cambridgeshire), met Lord Randall, the Prime Minister’s Senior Policy Advisor on Rural Affairs.

With incidents of hare coursing on the rise within the county, the Commissioner and local MPs, the Constabulary, Countryside Watch and the NFU have been working together to encourage the government to review sentencing.

Police and Crime Commissioner, Jason Ablewhite said: “Hare coursing continues to be a big problem in Cambridgeshire, threatening local livelihoods, putting pressure on policing resources and increasing the fear of crime within our rural communities.

“Police Officers only have the Game Act of 1831 which results in the average fine per individual offender being £280. It is vital we bring about a change in the sentencing law so that the penalty better suits the crime.

“It’s more important than ever that we work together to continue to address this threat. The meeting with Lord Randall was a great opportunity for us to be at the heart of decision making representing farmers and those living in rural communities from this despicable crime.”

Jonathan Djanogly MP added: “More needs to be done to tackle hare coursing which is why I am working with the Police and Crime Commissioner to call on Ministers for co-ordinated action to be taken with Cambridgeshire Constabulary to ensure that we have all the necessary powers to deal with the problem. I share the Commissioner’s concerns about the impact this issue has in our rural communities and will continue to work with him to raise awareness and strengthen the Police's hand in tackling this criminal behaviour.”

Jonathan Djanogly MP attends a meeting with the PCC in the House of Lords

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