Organized criminals broadcast hare to Chinese gamers
Hare lessons are being broadcast live to Chinese players by organized criminals, a senior politician has revealed.
Luke Pollard, the shadow environment secretary, said rural delinquency can be “incredibly profitable” and translate into “a lot of money” for those involved.
He said an example of this type of crime involves “highly organized criminals” running and broadcasting events in China, where they are bet.
The practice involves dogs, usually greyhounds or vacationers, who are trained to chase, overtake, and turn over a hare that has been flushed out by a line of beaters.
Mr Pollard, MP for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport, said: “It’s incredibly profitable work, and there is a lot of money involved in this hare race. For example, I heard about the broadcast in direct on the Internet of betting unions in China.
“So we’re not talking about some people organizing illicit activity in a barn somewhere – we’re talking about highly organized criminals preying on rural communities.”
Mr Pollard said he was told that gangs in rural communities knew their crimes would go unreported or, if they were, that they would not get caught.
He added: “We know that rural communities have suffered the brunt of the police downsizing since 2010. And we know it takes a long time for an emergency response – not because the police don’t. not working hard enough, simply because there aren’t enough of them and the geographic areas they have to cover are so large.
“It has really increased the fear around rural crime. And we know there are criminal gangs preying on rural communities, not only in terms of county boundaries, but also in terms of threats to people. living in rural communities. “
Mr Pollard’s comments come after the National Farmers Union of England and Wales and the Countryside Alliance called on police and crime commissioners to put rural policing at the forefront of their agenda.
Tim Bonner, Managing Director of the Countryside Alliance, said: “The real danger is that rural police are locked in a cycle of decline because the perception is that the police don’t take it seriously. Tractor theft is just as relevant as someone’s factory. ransacked in a city. They are often serious organized criminals and ready to commit acts of violence. “
Mr Pollard said: “Part of the challenge, I think, at the heart of it, is looking at rural life as it is now, not through picture postcards or our romantic views of life. rural in the past, but what it looks like today … There is such pride in our countryside from the people who live there – but there are problems to be solved.