The impact of rural crime on local farmers
I caught up with two local farmers during the week who talked me through the latest incidents of hare coursing. They said that the problems this winter were severe, citing the damage that is caused to their livelihood, as the coursers just drive their 4x4s over the fields damaging the crops, and even through gates if they are being pursued by the police. The pic below taken by a Newton farmer shows the impact of the hare coursers activities.
The hare coursers come from as far away as Birmingham, London and even Wales. Farmers say that the police are doing what they can but there are limits to what can be covered in a county the size of Cambridgeshire.
I'm encouraging local parish councils to spread the word through parish magazines and websites and so on and to report suspicious vehicles in fields to the police. There is a rural crime conference coming up and I hope to go along to that to find out more.