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Police clamp down on hare coursing in West Berkshire

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Police are on patrols across West Berkshire today as they look to clamp down on hare coursing as part of Operation Galileo.

The Hungerford and Downlands Neighbourhood Team are on the lookout for anyone taking part in the activity, which involves using greyhounds and other dogs to chase, catch and kill hares.

It is illegal in the UK under the Hunting Act 2004, which makes it an offence to hunt wild mammals with dogs.

Anyone convicted of the offence can receive a fine of up to £5,000 by a Magistrates’ Court.

Operation Galileo is a joint operation by police forces across the UK which aims to make life even more difficult for hare coursers.

Thames Valley Police West Berkshire said on Twitter: “The Hungerford and Downlands Neighbourhood Team are conducting extensive rural patrols today as part of Operation Galileo to help prevent hare coursing and other rural crime and catch those responsible.”

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