CRIMINALS suspected of hare coursing managed to flip their car while fleeing from police.

Police attended the scene when they received a report at 10.53pm on Thursday, September 21 of two 4x4 vehicles trespassing on land in the Woodmancott area of Rural Winchester.

The trespassers were located by a dog unit before fleeing the scene, failing to stop for police.

One of the vehicles was subsequently located on its roof on a byway in the Cliddesden area. The occupants had since left the area, leaving behind a Lurcher dog.

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A dead hare was found next to the vehicle. Police seized the vehicle, the dog, and some suspected cannabis found in the vehicle.

This came hours after a 35-year-old man was arrested in the Clanford on suspicion of trespass with intent to search for or pursue hares with dogs at 6.10pm the same evening.

The man, who was accompanied by a Lurcher, was arrested on land off North Lane. He remains in custody at this time.

A police spokesperson said: “Enquiries remain ongoing, and we continue to encourage anyone with information about hare coursing or suspicious vehicles in their local area to please report this to police.”