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Campaign to tackle hare coursing in Nottinghamshire

Police have begun a campaign to tackle hare coursing and poaching in two Nottinghamshire villages.

Officers said the problems had become "an issue of concern" following several recent incidents in Everton and Beckingham.

Farmers and landowners have been urged to report any suspicious activity immediately to police.

Officers have set up a working group to tackle the problems. Anyone caught hare coursing can be fined up to £200.

Pc Nathan Thomas said: "Poaching is not only a form of theft from landowners, it can also do long-term environmental harm if local wildlife is adversely affected and animal populations suffer.

"The only way we can address this problem effectively is for people who witness or suspect poaching or hare coursing to report it to the police.

"Reporting the matter and giving us as much information as they have enables us to better deploy officers and other policing resources in those areas which are particularly affected by this activity. "

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