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 Wednesday 5 February, after admitting trespass in pursuit of game. His CBO prohibits him from being in possession of a catapult, shot or an air weapon in a public place, bans him from being in the possession, control and company of any dog within Essex unless travelling to a pre-arranged emergency vet’s appointment, stop him from having a dog off a lead unless on private land or with the land owner’s consent and bans him from associating with three men in a public place.
At around 2pm on Sunday 13 October 2019, we received reports about hare coursing off Blind Lane. An off-duty police officer was in the area and spotted Haylett, who was in possession of dogs who were in pursuit of a hare. This lasted around 30 seconds. She then told Haylett to stop and put herself on duty before other officers arrived and arrested him.
We took photographs of Haylett covered in mud before we seized a car, mobile phones, catapults and stones. Haylett was interviewed under caution before being reported for the offence.
Chief Inspector Terry Balding, head of Rural Engagement Team, said: “The quick-actions by members of the community and an off-duty officer, who has an extensive knowledge of wildlife and countryside pursuits, has resulted in a man receiving a conviction for hare coursing. The order, which is the first we have ever secured for hare coursing, will restrict his activities, his movements and his associates and will help protect rural communities countrywide”.
Source: Essex Police
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