Friday, February 20, 2015
Four men were fined nearly £1900 and the car they used was also seized after they admitted to participating in a hare coursing event in Terrington St Clement, near King’s Lynn.
Kenny Beal, 34, Bernard Jardine, 40, Mark Tong, 42, and Shaun Vickers, 49, pleaded guilty at King’s Lynn magistrates’ court yesterday.
The court was told police were called by a witness who could hear men’s voices commanding dogs from Racecourse Road in Terrington St Clement at 10am on Sunday, February 1.
Officers stopped the defendants in Rhoon Road and found five dogs inside their car. Also discovered was a Camcorder and memory cards stuffed in socks.
Prosecutor Susanna Chowdhury said: “The footage shows hare coursing taking place by the arrested males and footage from another location.”
Representing themselves in court, Beal, of William Street, Bishop Auckland and Jardine, of St Phillips Park, Bishop Auckland, both pleaded to keep their driving licences. Also representing himself, Tong, of Benbow Walk, Bishop Auckland, said: “If they lose their licence then I’m out of a job as well.”
And Vickers, of Blythe Avenue in Bishop Auckland, added: “All I can do is apologise unreservedly.”
Beal, Jardine and Tong were fined £525 each. Vickers was fined £305.
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