Rural Task Force officers are continuing their fight against hare coursing and have arrested a man for breaching a Community Protection Notice (CPN).

The team were responding to reports of two people hare coursing at Iwade, Sittingbourne on Wednesday 26 January 2022.

On arrival they searched a suspect who was found to have a catapult and ball bearings on him and he was arrested for breaching a Community Protection Notice.

Rural Task Force arrest – Catapult and ball bearings

The 32-year-old man from Maidstone had already been issued with a Community Protection Warning, but following repeat offending, then issued with a Community Protection Notice meaning there were strict conditions including not to be in possession of a catapult or ball bearings among others.

The notices are part of the work Kent Police does to tackle the illegal blood sport, teaming up with six other forces to offer a borderless response.

This means that the seven forces signed up to the partnership can work as one when exercising certain powers, such as the seizure of dogs, and they share interactions and movements of suspects. It also supports the national initiative Operation Galileo.

It is believed this is the first person to be arrested for breaching a seven force CPN since the collaboration began in 2021.

The suspect has been released under investigation while enquiries continue.

By Ed

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