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The Country Land and Business Association has stepped up its campaign to combat hare coursing.

The Country Land and Business Association has stepped up its campaign to combat hare coursing.

It comes following increased reports of hare coursing – involving big money and gangs of organised criminals – which continues to blight the lives of farmers CLA steps up campaign to combat hare coursing and landowners in the countryside.

The CLA, which represents 30,000 rural businesses across England and Wales, is calling for tailored sentencing guidelines such as vehicle seizure and compensation paid to the landowner for any damage caused.

CLA president Mark Bridgeman said: “Following harvest we always see a spike in hare coursing and sadly the problem is once again prevalent in the countryside.

“Those involved in this crime are hardened criminals who will not think twice about threatening and intimidating anyone who attempts to stop them from pursuing this illegal activity.

“We hope, through our updated action plan, that our advice to farmers and landowners will be crucial in helping to prevent this type of crime taking place in the future.”