A team of police officers dedicated to combatting rural crime in and around Peterborough has been re-formed.
The move is in response to people worried about a rise in incidents.
The Rural Crime Action Team (RCAT) will combat hare coursing and poaching, as well as using specialist knowledge to deal with other aspects of rural crime including plant/tractor theft, arson, wildlife crime and illegal raves.
Raising awareness of crime prevention strategies will also be a part of their role.
In recent months incidents of hare coursing have been three times higher compared to previous years. Hare coursing causes damage to crops, harms animal welfare and threatens the rural economy. At times it can result in intimidation and even violence.