An angler who fished without permission on a Norfolk Broad has been found guilty of theft of fishing rights and a public order offence. Peter Regan, aged 69, of Oulton Broad in Suffolk, appeared at Great Yarmouth Magistrates Court on Friday (20 November) after pleading not guilty to the offences at an earlier hearing. Despite […]
Police are warning poachers to stay out of North Yorkshire, as the force ramps up a new anti-poaching operation. Poachers normally travel in groups of up to four people, with dogs, using 4×4 vehicles. They typically hunt brown hare or deer. In addition to being a wildlife crime, their illegal activity can cause extensive damage […]
Police have confirmed, as a result of proactive police work, four people have been charged with hare coursing in the Laurencekirk area. PC David Charley, one of North East Division’s Wildlife Crime Champions who led the operation, said: “Hare coursing is a vile and despicable act that causes pain and suffering. “This is not just […]
Police Scotland have thanked the public for its assistance in relation to recent appeals for information (May 2020). Following investigations, officers have confirmed that three men aged 38, 34 and 19 years will be reported to the Procurator Fiscal in connection to reported offences in the Fochabers and Urquhart area. Constable Hannah Haywood, of the […]
Four men have been arrested and charged in connection with wildlife crime offences across the Scottish Borders, Midlothian, East Lothian and Stirling. Between Sunday, 1 March, 2020, and Wednesday, 29 April, 2020, officers received a number of reports of possible hare coursing activity in the Stirling, Haddington, Duns, Kelso, Gifford and Kippen areas. On Wednesday, […]
Police in Gloucestershire have reported a spate of poaching incidents in April in the Cotswolds. There have been six separate poaching incidents in the past few weeks. The Rural Crime Team released a series of graphic images on Twitter of dead deer which had been found on land close to Sapperton, Calmsden, and Cheerington. In […]
A man has made subject of a Criminal Behaviour Order for hare coursing – a first for Essex Police – after we responded to reports in West Hanningfield. Samuel Haylett, 30, of Barnes Road, Fimley, Camberley, was ordered to pay a £440 fine, £85 costs and a £44 victim surcharge at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court on […]
Jimmy Price was today found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to a horse and two dogs. A video played to the court showed the dogs, Scout and Tramp, untethered and unfed at the 25-year-old’s home address in Forstal Farm, Loose. The father-of-two was previously convicted in December after repeatedly stabbing a deer. He was also caught […]
A suspected hare courser has been jailed for two months after leading police on a dangerous pursuit, reaching speeds of nearly 100mph. Nelson Hedges, 32, was reported to police by members of the public who were concerned he had been hare coursing in his silver Mazda Tribute near Iselham, Cambridgeshire. The force’s Rural Crime Action […]
Lincolnshire Police has launched Operation Galileo 2019/2020 to tackle hare coursing. The number of reports of hare coursing has significantly decreased in Lincolnshire since 2016. The drones return to the force’s Operation Galileo effort, to tackle rural crime, along with the additional Ford Rangers and other marked & unmarked 4×4 vehicles which the force uses to respond […]
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