Hare coursing charge

A man has been charged with hare coursing in East Lothian.

A man has been charged with hare coursing in East Lothian.

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A 20-year-old man has been arrested and charged with hare coursing following a Police Scotland wildlife crime investigation.

Acting upon intelligence received from the public, officers from the East Lothian Community Action Team (ELCAT) attended farmland in East Lothian on Tuesday, February 2.

As a result of enquiries, a man was subsequently charged under the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Act.

Officers are also looking to trace two other men who were seen in the area around the time of this incident and anyone with information that might help identify them is asked to come forward.

Sergeant John Forrester who is part of ELCAT based in Haddington said: “It is completely unacceptable to use dogs for hare coursing and I can assure the public that we will do everything in our power to trace those who participate in this illegal act.

“It is thanks to the information passed to us by the public that we were able to detain and then charge a 20-year-old man under the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Act and he is expected to appear before the courts at a later date.

“We will always act on intelligence that has been passed to us and I would urge anyone who has information on hare coursing to please contact police as soon as possible on 101.”