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Warning in Garioch and Formatine after hare coursing incident

By David Porter

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Residents across a stretch of the local area covering the Rothienorman, Turriff and Forgue areas are being urged to report any incidents of suspected hare coursing.

Suspected hare coursers have caused considerable damage to crop fields.
Suspected hare coursers have caused considerable damage to crop fields.

It comes after an incident was noted in the Drumblade/Ythanwells area.

In this instance at least one vehicle was believed to have driven directly into fields causing damage to crops as well as the potential harm to hares.

Last week officers charged a 35 year old man for two incidents of hare coursing in the Oldmeldrum area.

The first incident occurred at the end of 2019 and the second from April 2020.

PC Smith, the enquiry officer from Ellon police office said “These crimes were detected after members of the community reported concerns over dogs being let loose in fields in suspicious circumstances, Wildlife Crime is always taken seriously.”

"Anyone with information of similar offences or other rural crime can contact Police on 101 or alternatively you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 if you wish to remain anonymous."

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