Hare Coursing, theft of horse jumps and diesel

Fraser Laird reports:

"The following incidents have been reported to me;

Sometime in the last few weeks a quantity of horse jumping equipment was stolen from a house near to Newburgh. Entry was gained to the horse arena and the following items were taken;

2 x 1.8 metre stands
2 x 3 metre poles
1 x 3 metre hanging ladder

The exact time this theft occurred is not known but it was discovered earlier this week.

Between 1500 hours on the 10th November and 0900 hours on the 13th November, 150 litres of diesel was stolen from a road paver which was parked in an Industrial Estate in Cowdenbeath. The paver had been left unattended for a few days and when it was discovered the fuel cap had been forced and was also missing.

I have had two separate incidents involving hare coursing reported to me recently as follows;

Sometime during the weekend of the 18th November a dark blue or black 4 x 4 pick up drove over several newly sown fields on a farm near to St. Andrews. The vehicle was fitted with a similar coloured canopy and a number of dogs were out of the vehicle running alongside. A dead hare was later found in the field by the farmer.

In a separate incident, around 1100 hours on the 19th November, the occupant of a cottage near to Crail became aware of two greyhound dogs in his garden. He noticed that one of the dogs had a hare in its mouth and attempted to remove it from the dog.

At this point a beige coloured Citroen Picasso on a 52 plate containing five males arrived at the cottage. One of the males got out of the car and stated that he was looking for his dogs, he then took the dogs and the dead hare and put them in the vehicle.

The occupant of the cottage and his wife felt very intimidated as all of the males had their faces covered.

Both of the above incidents are of great concern and the second must have been very frightening for the occupants of the cottage.

Please do not put yourself in a position where you could be in danger, do not challenge groups of males if they arrive on your property, your personal safety is paramount.

If possible, and only if safe to do so, make a note of any registration numbers of vehicles, distinctive clothing or accents and then report the incident to the Police.

If you have any information on any of the above incidents please contact the Police by telephoning 101.”

Fraser Laird

Community Safety Officer
Violence and Alcohol Reduction Unit - Prevention
Police Scotland

Brunton House
320 High Street

Telephone 01383 318745


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