Four men fined huge sums for poaching offences in Blandford


20th April 2022

FOUR men have been fined huge sums for poaching offences in Blandford following an investigation by Rural Crime officers.

The total amount they were collectively fined was over £3,000.

On Friday July 30, 2021 Dorset Police received a report of suspected poaching in the Cashmoor area. It was reported that four men in off road vehicles were trespassing on farmland as they chased hares and shot at them from moving vehicles.

Following a search, four men were arrested and a number of items were seized including a vehicle and an air rifle.

Following an investigation by the Rural Crime Team, all four men were charged with an offence under section 30 of the Game Act 1831.

John Frederick Burton, aged 28 and of Basildon, Essex, Tommy Edward Catanach, 24 and of Romford, Essex, William Holmes, 22 and of Milton, Cambridgeshire, and Levie Lee, 19 and of Stondon Massey, Essex, were all due to stand trial at Poole Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday 19 April 2022 for an offence of trespassing in pursuit of game, having previously entered not guilty pleas.

However, all four defendants entered guilty pleas to the charge on the morning the trial was due to start.

Burton and Catanach were both fined £900, as well as being ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £90 and court costs of £77.50. Holmes was fined £780 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £79 and costs of £77.50 and Lee was fined £675 as well as being ordered to pay a £68 surcharge and £77.50 in costs.

Police Constable Sebastian Haggett, of Dorset Police’s Rural Crime Team, said: “We recognise the impact this kind of illegal activity can have on our rural communities, with the potential for significant damage to crops and other issues caused by vehicles driving over their land.

At a further hearing at the same court on Thursday 28 July 2022 the four defendants were all made the subject of a five-year criminal behaviour order.

The order states they must:
• Not be on any private land without prior written permission from the owner or legal representative of the land and to produce any such written permission when asked to do so by a police officer within the county of Dorset.
• Not enter the county of Dorset with a sighthound or be in company of any other person that has a sighthound in the county of Dorset.
• Not enter the county of Dorset with an air rifle or be in company of any other person that has an air rifle in the county of Dorset.
• Not enter the county of Dorset with a slingshot or be in company of any other person that has a slingshot in the county of Dorset

https://www.dorsetecho.co.uk/news/20079992.four-men-fined-thousands-poaching-offences-blandford/

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One Reply to “Four men fined huge sums for poaching offences in Blandford”

  1. PERSONALLY i DON’T THINK THIOSE WERE LARGE SUMS OF MONEY, THEY SHOULD HAVE HAD THEIR BANK ACCOUNTS CLEARED AND THEN SENT TO PRISON FOR A GOOD FEW YEARS, PARASITES.

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