10th March 2021
Three men from Surrey and East Hampshire convicted of hare coursing following a 17 month police investigation.
The incident happened back in 2019 on a farm in West Hanningfield in Essex.
A farmer called Essex Police to report that four men with lurcher dogs were walking across his land and were believed to be hare coursing.
During the call, an off duty police officer also witnessed the men walking in private land and confirmed the men all had lurcher-style dogs which were in pursuit of a hare across fields.
Officers then arrived on the scene and arrested four men.
31-year-old Samuel Haylett of Barnes Road was convicted of the offence on February 5 2020 and was made the subject of a criminal behaviour order which bans him from:
• Being in possession of a catapult, shot or an air weapon in a public place;
• Being in the possession, control and company of any dog within Essex unless travelling to a pre-arranged emergency vet’s appointment
• Having a dog off a lead unless on private land or with the landowner’s consent
• Associating with the three other men in a public place.
It is due to run until February 4 2023.
33-year-old John Giles of Winchester Road, Aldershot, was found guilty after a trial at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court on October 13 2020.
Giles was also made the subject of a three-year criminal behaviour order which prohibits him from the activities stated above.
He was fined £880 and ordered to pay £310 in court costs and an £88 victim surcharge.
30-year-old Roddy Teelan of Guildford Road, Aldershot, was found guilty after trial at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court on 12 October 2020 and was fined £880 and ordered to pay £310 in court costs and an £88 victim surcharge.
He appealed the application for a criminal behaviour order but it was granted at Colchester Magistrates’ Court last Wednesday, 3 March.
The three-year order prohibits him from:
• Being in control of any dog unless it is on a lead except on private land with landowners’ written permission.
• He must not associate with any of the other men in public in Essex.