Queen’s gamekeeper ‘pelted with stones’ by hare coursers at Sandringham estate

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A royal gamekeeper is injured after he was pelted with stones during a confrontation with illegal hare coursers, on Sandringham Estate.

The attack, which took place near the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s country home, left the gamekeeper bruised in the chest.

The royal employee told police officers the incident happened after he engaged with three men who were hunting hares with dogs, which rip their prey into pieces.

PC Jon Chandel, or Norfolk Police, said hare coursers were often threatening.

He said: “The gamekeeper stated he had seen hare coursing.

“When he engaged with the people, they there stones at him and caused him some minor injuries. It is a cruel sport.”

After they attacked him with stones, the gamekeeper dialled 999, according to Norfolk police.

They were told the attackers fled in a green Sabaru, which was later tracked down by police.

Attempts to get the vehicle to pull over were ignored.

A green vehicle matching the gamekeeper’s description was later found abandoned, and three men in their 30s were arresting on suspicion of assault.

The three men, from Cambridgeshire, were later released on police bail until September 29.

The police officer said cases of illegal hare coursing are rife in Norfolk and Suffolk, but many incidents are not reported.

Hare coursing typically sees bets of thousands of pounds places on its results, and it most common between September and March.

The illegal activity, which involves poaching and trespassing, and can be aggravating and damaging to farmer, is very hard to prevent.

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Last year, Cambridgeshire police reported a 20 percent rise in the number of hare coursing incidents.

In the five years to 2018, the number of incidents reported across Norfolk and Suffolk more than quadrupled.

There have also been reports of hare coursing in Wiltshire, Buckinghamshire, Essex and East Lothian.

Julia Mulligan, Chairwoman of the National Rural Crime Network, says the dark web is used to buy and sell coursing dogs, who have become very valuable assets as prize dogs.

The price of coursing dogs can go up to £20,000 on the dark web.

  • Crime
  • Royal Family

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