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Nine people arrested after gardaí bust illegal hare coursing

This happened at a number of events earlier today.

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NINE PEOPLE HAVE been arrested after gardaí launched a crackdown on illegal hare coursing.

Earlier today, the joint operation between An Garda Síochána and the National Parks and Wildlife Service hit events taking place in a number of locations across Tipperary.

The individuals arrested are currently being detained at garda stations in Cahir, Thurles, Tipperary, Templemore and Clonmel.

The individuals are being held under the Criminal Justice Act under the amendments for Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013.

Besides the arrests, a number of lurcher dogs have also been seized along with equipment commonly used in this type of activity.

The joint operation is targeting people who illegally trespass on land with lurchers and engage in coursing.

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If indicted, those involved could face up to five years in prison.

Anyone with any further information is asked to contact Thurles Garda Station on 0504 25100 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.

Read: Man arrested as part of Sligo murder investigation

Also: Family of Diana Harton ‘angry at gardaí after avoidable tragedy’

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