Nine charged over alleged hare coursing in West Norfolk

Seven men and two teenagers will appear in court later this month after they were charged in connection with alleged hare coursing near Downham this week.

Police chiefs have urged the public to be vigilant against similar gangs operating in rural areas after the group were detained at Ten Mile Bank on Tuesday.

West Norfolk police commander, Supt Carl Edwards, said: “We take reports of rural crime very seriously and endeavour to take positive action when we receive information from our community.

“We continue to strive to reduce crime in our countryside across the area.”

All nine members of the group have been charged with trespassing with intent to pursue game and released on bail to appear before magistrates in Lynn on November 27.

The seven men charged are Albert Ayres, 48, of Standerwick, Somerset; Peter Barney, 27, of Wimborne, Dorset; Samuel Beldom, 48, of Wraysbury, Staines; Shane Chapman, 23, of Wimborne, Dorset; Michael Cole, 48, of Horton, Dorset; Denny Loveridge, 33, of Datchet, Slough and Mark Loveridge, also 33, of Slough.

A 14-year-old boy from Somerset and a 15-year-old boy from Berkshire have also been charged with the same offence.

Police said officers from both the Norfolk and Cambridgeshire forces were called to deal with the incident.

A spokesman said residents should be on the look-out for any suspicious activity in rural areas.

She added: “Specific information such as any vehicle registration, make, model and colour is particularly valuable to officers when attending reports of these types of offences.”

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