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Lincolnshire Police says hare coursing reports up by 20 per cent

A 20 per cent rise in hare coursing incidents across Lincolnshire during the past season has left police in the "silver medal" position, rather than gold.

Chief Inspector Phil Vickers, force lead for rural crime in the county, admitted disappointment after seeing reported incidents go up from 873 in 2018/19 to 1,048 in 2019/20.

Reports reached a peak at the turn of the year when 188 cases were reported in December 2019 and 236 in January this year, the highest total in a single month since December 2017 when 291 incidents were reported to police.

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