Brothers count cost of hare coursing

Two brothers have been ordered to pay more than £1,000 each in fines and costs for hare coursing. Craig Richards, 33, and his younger brother Scott, 20, from Rowley Regis, in the West Midlands, admitted three charges of hunting hares with dogs. Craig Richards was ordered to pay fines, costs and compensation of £1,176.65, and …

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Men fined for hunting a wild mammal and causing a dog to enter a badger sett

A man from Penrith and another from Skipton have been fined £200 each after hunting a fox with a dog and causing a dog to enter a badger sett. John Joseph Bowman, 19, of Lakeland View, Greengill, Penrith and William Smith, 27, of Keighley Road, Skipton today (Monday 19 May 2008) pleaded guilty to both …

Gangs with guns hunting in Merseyside parks

EXCLUSIVE by Luke Traynor, Liverpool Echo THE ECHO can today reveal the shocking extent of illegal hunting in Merseyside’s parks. Gun-toting gangs are setting their dogs on defenceless wild animals and watching as they are ripped to shreds. And anyone who challenges their sickening hobby is threatened with violence. One Merseyside councillor was knocked unconscious …

Fox huntsman smashed saboteur’s car window

Huntsman Michael Nicholson, of Coniston Foxhounds, pleaded guilty to criminal damage after attacking a saboteur’s car A HUNTSMAN smashed the window of a hunt saboteur’s car. Michael Gerald Nicholson, who works for Coniston Foxhounds, smashed the window of a Ford Escort with three saboteurs inside. Nicholson, 40, pleaded guilty to criminal damage when he appeared …