Police investigate reports of hare coursing on St Nicholas farmland

Hare coursing is illegal

Police are investigating after four men with dogs were reported as hare coursing in fields at St Nicholas

The group were seen by an isle resident as she made her way back from work yesterday (November 7) at about 3.30pm.

The distressed woman said: “I am beyond angry, The four men with their dogs were hare coursing, I pulled over to call the police and saw the dogs chasing the hare and catch it and rip it to pieces. One of the men picked it up and threw it in the long grass. It looked like it was still moving but could have been muscle memory. They walked off across the field towards Monkton.”

It is understand the landowner was contacted and chased the group off the land.

Hare coursing is when dogs are used to chase the animals by sight rather than smell.

Hare coursing is illegal in Scotland, Wales and England and became illegal in Northern Ireland in 2011.

A Kent Police spokesman said: “Kent Police received a report of hare coursing on farmland in St Nicholas-at-Wade at around 4pm on Wednesday 7 November.

“Officers attended, no suspects were identified, however enquiries into the report remain ongoing.”