Three arrested on suspicion of hare coursing in Milton Keynes

Dogs seized on Saturday    pic: Thames Valley Police Milton Keynes
Dogs seized on Saturday pic: Thames Valley Police Milton Keynes

A 47-year-old man from Newport Pagnell was arrested by police on Saturday. They had been called to reports of hare coursing in the Castlethorpe area

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A vehicle was stopped by police, and two men were arrested. Twelve dogs found inside the vehicle were seized by the RSPCA.

The man from Newport Pagnell has been arrested on suspicion of participating in a hare coursing event and bailed until 1st April 2017.

A 36-year-old man and a 14-year-old boy from Kensington, London were also arrested on suspicion of participating in a hare coursing event.

All three have been bailed until April 1, 2017.

A spokesman for the the RSPCA said: “The RSPCA firmly believes that the cruel practice of chasing and killing live animals with dogs is a barbaric and outdated pastime and has no place in modern Britain.

“Hare coursing was banned under the Hunting Act 2004. Anyone with any information about any animal welfare offence should call us, in strictest confidence, on 0300 1234 999 or their local police force on 101.”

For more information on the Hunting Act, visit www.rspca.org.uk/getinvolved/campaign/hunting