A dog has been seized and three men have been released under investigation after reports of two separate hare coursing incidents in Wiltshire.

Farm Watch members in Wexcombe, near Marlborough reported possible hare coursing the area on Sunday.

Shortly after, officers stopped two men travelling in a silver Vauxhall Insignia. The vehicle was searched and officers found one-lurcher type dog.

The dog was seized as part of the investigation and is being looked after by specialist dog foster carers.

The driver was also found to have an expired driving licence and both men were issued with Fixed Penalty Notices for breaching lockdown by being away from home without having a valid reason.

Inspector Liz Coles, Force Lead for Rural Crime, said: "Our message is clear, if we suspect anyone of hare coursing in Wiltshire, we will act and potentially seize their dogs. I want to pass on my thanks to our Farm Watch members for being our eyes and ears.".

Wiltshire Police remain committed to the national strategy, Operation Galileo, which allows police forces to use civil and criminal powers to prevent offending by hare coursers and protect vulnerable victims.

Farm Watch aims to reduce rural crime through improved communication between the police and the public; enabling you to be informed of any current incidents, be equipped to inform neighbours and take your own precautions, if necessary, to prevent your own farm being targeted. You can find out more here.