Two men have been banned from owning or keeping dogs for three years under new legislative powers designed to target poachers. On 21 February2023, Colchester magistrates handed David Hilden and Tyron Young disqualification orders under section 66 of the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act 2022 in what is believed to be a national […]
As a result of an intelligence lead operation, Wildlife Crime Officers successfully secured the conviction of four men involved in hare coursing in Stirling and Borders area. On Monday, 29 April 2020, a silver Subaru Forester was stopped by police officers near to Kippen roundabout, Stirling. Steven Brown (31), William McPhee (53), William McPhee (31), […]
A man who gave a false name to a Fisheries Enforcement Officer in a bid to escape prosecution has been fined a total of £1,455 at Newport Magistrates Court. In May 2022, a Natural Resources Wales Enforcement Officer was undertaking a routine patrol at Llyn Clywedog Reservoir near Llanidloes, when he spotted Robert Simpson, […]
A man from Blaenau Gwent has been successfully prosecuted in a joint operation by Natural Resources Wales (NRW) and the National Wildlife Crime Unit (NWCU) for encouraging his dog to enter a badgers sett, in pursuit of badgers known to be present. Jordan Thomas from Brynmawr, appeared before Cwmbran Magistrates on 14 December 2022 […]
A Carlisle man who used a shovel to “bludgeon” a badger before tossing the terrified animal to his dog has been jailed [17th December 2022]. The horrific badger baiting incident near to Aglionby was conducted primarily by 28-year-old Dale Rickerby, but he was assisted by his older brother Michael James Rickerby, 32, who was given […]
Warwickshire Hunt has been served with a three-year notice from police amid concerns about dangers on roads. Warwickshire Rural Crime Team has revealed that it served Community Protection Notice (CPN) to Warwickshire Hunt Limited. This notice will be in place for three years and, if conditions are breached, it could lead to criminal action. The […]
A man has been fined more than £1000 after a joint investigation by Rural Crime teams uncovered messages which showed him bragging and admitting to the illegal hunting of foxes. The investigation saw John Oliver Finnegan, aged 37 and of Northwich in Cheshire, plead guilty at Cheltenham Magistrates’ Court on 6th December 2022 to hunting […]
Two men have been in court after being caught illegally fishing by setting up a net across a river. Gwent Police, in partnership with Natural Resources Wales, successfully prosecuted Shane HANSON and Dale WALLIS from Pontyclun, Rhondda Cynon Taf in connection with the illegal netting of the River Thaw at Aberthaw. The males travelled to […]
Lincolnshire Police Rural Crime Action Team (RCAT) are investigating the suspected poisoning of three birds of prey in the Belchford area of Horncastle. On 4 October 2022, the team conducted multi agency searches in the area along with officers from the National Wildlife Crime Unit (NWCU), the RSPB and Natural England. During the searches we […]
A man has been found guilty of illegal hunting after he appeared to “encourage” his dogs to kill a fox. Master of the South Dorset Hunt Mark Pearson denied hunting a wild mammal with a dog but was found guilty at Weymouth Magistrates’ Court on 19th October 2022. Pearson, 62, was charged after hunt monitors […]
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