Rural gangs linked to drug operations

Poaching and hare coursing gangs often linked with major drugs operations are behind most crimes against wildlife. In Cumbria last year, 363 wildlife crimes were reported to the police and of those 211 involved poaching, hare coursing and lamping – hunting animals at night with high-powered lights. In one incident at Sandysyke near Longtown, three …

Leader of illegal blood-sports ring gets life ban on keeping animals

THE leader of an illegal badger baiting ring has been banned from owning dogs for life after being convicted under new animal cruelty laws. Andrew Mullen was found to have a haul of photographs showing images of dogs fighting badgers, foxes and deer when his home was raided by police and animal welfare officers following …

Trying to connect with the common man/woman?

Lieutenant General Sir Barney White-Spunner, has been appointed Executive Chairman of the Countryside Alliance and Director of the Countryside Alliance Foundation with effect from 9th February. I've heard he is a binman and lives in a council flat, (not that there is anything wrong with that)  

Man defiant following illegal hunting charge

Police caught two men hare coursing after they were seen hunting illegally on a farmer's field. Colin Morrell (51) and Simon Jones (30) admitted breaking the 2004 Hunting Act when they appeared at Loughborough magistrates court yesterday. The court heard the defendants were spotted with lurcher-type dogs in a field at Langham, near Oakham, at …

Poachers be warned

Monday 11 July 2011 Police in the Ribble Valley have issued a warning to poachers after the Constabulary secured its first ever prosecutions under the Hunting Act. Nicholas Green (23), of Reynolds Street, Burnley, appeared before Preston Magistrates on June 22nd where he pleaded guilty to hunting a wild animal with a dog. He was …

Poachers caught on land were illegal hare-coursing

POLICE caught two men and a youth poaching on land and involved in illegal hare-coursing, a court heard. George Hunter, 24, of Killingholme Road, Habrough, Nathan Mawson, 18, of Greengate Lane, South Killingholme, and a 16- year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, admitted trespassing in pursuit of hares at Hayes Farm, Redbourne, …