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Hare Coursing


Hare Coursing Incident - Evening of Tuesday 12th October 2021

Yesterday evening we received a report of Hare Coursing in the Beckbury area around the time of 21:00. Four males got out of a Black vehicle, along with 4 Lurcher type dogs and were wearing head torches. They walked down Higford Lane towards the woodland. 

We rely on members of the public reporting these incidents so we have the information to investigate. Record as many details as possible such as date, time, location, details of anyone involved and write down registrations of vehicles, if there are any. Don't put yourself at risk and don't approach anyone, contact us. 

What is wildlife crime?

Wildlife crime is any activity that goes against legislation protecting the UK's wild animals and plants. It can cause pain and suffering to animals, push species closer to extinction and can be linked to other serious crimes like firearms offences and organised crime.

Wildlife law is complicated and it can be hard to know whether something is a crime and whether, or when, to involve the police. 

What is a wildlife crime?
  • poaching
  • coursing
  • persecution of badgers, birds and bats
  • egg theft and collection
  • collection of or trade in protected species and animal products
  • not registering animals which require a licence
  • taking protected plants
  • use of poisons, snares or explosives to kill or injure animals
  • animal cruelty
  • hunting with dogs
  • introducing invasive species
  • killing or capturing, damaging or destroying the habitat of any protected animal
  • Report it

    If you think a wildlife crime is being committed then contact us by reporting a crime online.

    If a crime is happening or someone is in danger, call 999. If you have a hearing or speech impairment, use our textphone service 18000 or text us on 999 if you’ve pre-registered with the emergencySMS service.

    We’d rather you contacted us and we investigate, than not hear from you. 

    You can also report wildlife crime anonymously to Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111.


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    (West Mercia Police, PCSO, Shifnal and Albrighton Safer Neighbourhood Team )

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