Three Merseyside men banned from taking hunting dogs into Lancashire

24 Jul 2016

Three Merseyside men have been banned from entering Lancashire with hunting dogs after being caught poaching hares.

James Reid, 31; Neil Walsh, 29 and Liam Doherty, 26, had already been the subject of a Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO) for Hunting Act offences which banned them from entering an 36,000 acre area of Downholland and Halsall with a sight-hound – the type of dog used for hare-coursing – or being with any person in that area with a sight hound.

They were each given an 18-month ban after being found entering farmland with four dogs with the intent of hunting brown hares.

In February the three men were found on land in Burscough, outside their prohibited area, but were summonsed for daytime poaching offences.

In April Walsh, from Bootle, was found in Altcar with his dog in the prohibited area.

He pleaded guilty to the two offences in June.

Reid, from Bootle , and Doherty, from Crosby , pleaded guilty to their poaching offence.

Lancashire Police applied for an extension of their existing Criminal Behaviour Order which was approved by Preston Magistrates Court.

The order has seen Walsh banned from being in the entire county of Lancashire a sight-hound, unless travelling in motor car on the motorway network, or being with any person with a sight-hound in Lancashire for a period of five years.

Reid and Doherty were given the same conditions for period of three years. All three were also fined.

A statement on the Ormskirk and Burscough Police Facebook page said: “This is the third CBO Lancashire Police have been granted and sends the strongest message to poachers and hare coursers that their barbaric behaviour will not be tolerated and we will use all the tools at our disposal.”

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