Police report evidence of hare coursing and poaching across Rutland
Evidence of deer poaching and hare coursing has been uncovered in several villages across the area.
During the early hours of Tuesday last week (December 7) police were alerted to a possible crime at Horn Lane in Empingham.
A gamekeeper discovered four sets of tyre tracks which had been made overnight. They have been linked to a possible case of deer poaching.
The following day, locks were broken on field gates at Normanton and Glaston to gain access.
Tyre tracks were found in the field at Glaston, which police also believe is linked to poaching and hare coursing.
Sergeant Paul Kear said: "There are people cruising our roads looking for opportunities to commit crime.
"I would appeal for people to get in touch if they see anything suspicious. "
In the same week, two male sheep were stolen from a field at Lodge Lane, Manton. They were taken sometime between Thursday and Sunday last week.
Anyone with information about these incidents should contact the police on 101.