A meeting to discuss rural crime and illegal hare lurching on farmland will be held in Donore tonight Monday October 10th.

It will take place in St. Mary’s GAA clubrooms at 8pm.

The meeting will be addressed by the new Meath Crime Prevention Officer Patrick Smyth and the Head of the IFA’s Crime Prevention Office, Barry Carey.

It comes following a spate of incidents in recent months, with farmers maintaining their farms and homes are being targeted by groups of individuals trespassing on their land with lurcher dogs.

Farmers have claimed that while these individuals say they are hunting, in reality, they’re casing out their property.

Illegal hunting and lurching is a major concern to farmers – with associated issues ranging from criminal damage and animal worrying to trespassing and intimidation, according to the Irish Farmers’ Association