Three arrested and charged over alleged hare coursing near Standon

Three men have been arrested after reports of hare coursing in East Hertfordshire on Thursday (February 1).

Rural police officers from the East Herts Rural Police unit were deployed to Standon after reports of hare coursing going on in a field nearby.

Police pursued and arrested three men and seized their vehicle and their dogs.

Brian Bastin, 27, of Hosham Road in Dorking, Matthew Ede, 27, of Warwick Close in Dorking and Aaron Smith, 24, of New Causeway, Reigate, were all charged with trespassing in pursuit of game, also known as hare coursing.

Brian Bastin is also facing a charged of causing criminal damage to a farmer’s field.

East Herts Rural Police tweeted: "What a great end to a demanding week, all three males arrested yesterday have been charged with hare coursing and driver charged with criminal damage to the field.

"All three have bail conditions refusing entry to Hertfordshire.

"Time to celebrate the great work by East Herts officers today after the arrest of three males for hare coursing and the seizure of their car with a biscuit and a brew."

The two dogs were given to East Herts Council’s dog unit for care.

East Herts chief inspector, Gerry McDonald, said: "These three men I’m pleased to say have been charged and will be appearing at court."

The three men are due to appear at Stevenage Magistrates Court on February 28.

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