Seven men have admitted coming to East Yorkshire to hare course on farmland.
March 16, 2017
They were among eleven defendants in the dock at Beverley Magistrates Court, including a child, four of which have denied the charges.
The men came to "play" the blood sport, which saw hares being chased across rural land in Carnaby, near Bridlington, on December 11 last year.
Martin Grey, 35, of Delamere Road, Rochdale, William Bridge, 33, of Broach Road, Stourport-on-Severn, James Rooney, 19, of Northhampton Rd, Market Harborough, Leicestershire, Edward Price, 28, of Roch Vale Caravan Park, Pringle St, Rochdale, Craig Dugdale, 27, Chris Blood, 28, of Hillside Rd, Bishop Auckland, County Durham and Dominic Barlow, 27, of Eden Close, Bishop Auckland, County Durham all pleaded guilty.
Their convictions come as Humberside Police crackdown on rural crime.
Wildlife and rural crime officer Julie Turrell said: "Hare coursing remains a major problem in our area during the winter months.
"It is with increased patrols by the wildlife and rural crime officers and the help of local people being our eyes and ears and reporting these crimes that we can catch people in the act and bring them to justice.
"Through joint working between Police and a dedicated CPS wildlife crime prosecutor we are able to ensure continuity from offence to prosecution at court; sending out a clear message that this type of activity will be dealt with robustly in the Humberside Police area."
Grey and Bridge received a £150 fine, £30 surcharge, £85 cost and a criminal behaviour order (CBO) for three years. Rooney and Price got a conditional discharge for 12 months & £20 surcharge.
Dugdale received a £150 fine, £30 surcharge, £85 cost and a CBO for three years and Blood and Barlow were handed a £200 fine, £30 surcharge, £85 cost a CBO for three years each.
Those with CBOs have been banned from entering the Humberside Police force area, apart from when they are travelling from Humberside Airport.
Their hounds must be microchipped, with the address up to date and the same as the owners’.
The police are working with East Riding Council to stamp out illegal hare coursing and other blood sports, as well as rural crime such as trespassing and diesel theft.
Nigel Brignall , manager of the antisocial behaviour team at the council, said: "The East Riding Council fully support action taken to protect our rural communities and will continue to work with colleagues at Humberside Police to ensure people who choose to come to the East Riding to behave in this manner are stopped from doing so in the future."
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