Three arrested outside Justin Park Travellers’ site after 50-mile chase

Police cars from Northants, Leicestershire and Lincolnshire outside the Justin Park Travellers' site in Market Harborough. A car chase ended here after first originating in Quadring Fen, Lincs.
Police cars from Northants, Leicestershire and Lincolnshire outside the Justin Park Travellers' site in Market Harborough. A car chase ended here after first originating in Quadring Fen, Lincs.

Three men were arrested outside the Justin Park Travellers’ site in Market Harborough after a 50-mile chase which went across three counties.

The trio have all been arrested on suspicion of hare coursing and failing to stop for police.

Police cars from Northants, Leicestershire and Lincolnshire outside the Justin Park travellers' site in Market Harborough. A car chase ended here after first originating in Quadring Fen, Lincs.

Police cars from Northants, Leicestershire and Lincolnshire outside the Justin Park travellers' site in Market Harborough. A car chase ended here after first originating in Quadring Fen, Lincs.

Police officers from Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire and Leicestershire were involved in the pursuit, as well as a police helicopter, which finally ended outside Justin Park at about 11.30am yesterday (Thursday).

A spokesman for Lincolnshire Police said: “At 11.26 yesterday (Thursday), police were alerted to a Subaru Legacy in the area of Quadring Fen.

“After failing to stop for police, it is believed the vehicle entered Leicestershire before being stopped by police in Northamptonshire [Justin Park is technically in Northants].

“A helicopter assisted the search.

“Three men were arrested on suspicion of hare coursing and failing to stop.”

A picture of five police cars outside the Travellers’ site was circulating on social media (pictured, above).

According to the AA’s route planner, Quadring Fen and Harborough are 51.6 miles apart.

The hamlet of Quadring Fen is in the South Holland district of Lincolnshire. It is situated two miles south of the A52, five miles east of Billingborough and about seven miles north-west of Spalding.

There are no Travellers’ sites in Quadring Fen but there is a large, unofficial Travellers’ site in the nearby village of Gosberton which has been the subject of a long-running dispute between residents and the local council.

Hare coursing is the pursuit of hares with greyhounds or other sighthounds, which chase the hare by sight and not by scent.

Coursing is a long established hunting technique, carried out historically with greyhounds, other sighthound breeds, or with lurchers which are crossbred sighthounds, and working breeds.

It was popular in Europe during the 19th century but in recent decades has become controversial with many people seeing it as a cruel bloodsport

Since 2005, hare coursing has been illegal throughout the UK, but continues elsewhere in the world as a regulated and judged competitive sport, in the Republic of Ireland, Iberia, and the western United States.

Story by Alex Blackwell.

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