Seven men plead guilty to hare coursing

Court story.
Court story.

Seven men have pleaded guilty to hare coursing in the Humberside area yesterday.

Eleven defendants appeared at Beverley Magistrates Court after being charged with offences under Section 30 of the Game Act 1831.

Martin Grey, 35, of Delamere Road, Rochdale, Lancashire, and William Bridge, 33, of Broach Road, Stourport-on-Severn pleaded guilty and received a £150 fine, £30 surcharge, £85 cost and Criminal Behaviour Order for three years.

James Rooney, 19, of Northhampton Road, Market Harborough, Leicestershire, and Edward Price, 28, of Roch Vale Caravan Park, Pringle Street, Rochdale received a conditional discharge for 12 months and £20 surcharge.

Craig Dugdale, 27 ,of Cheshire Place, Bishop Auckland, County Durham received a £150 fine, £30 surcharge, £85 cost and Criminal Behaviour Order for three years.

Chris Blood, 28, of Hillside Roadd, Bishop Auckland, County Durham, Dominic Barlow, 27, of Eden Close, Bishop Auckland, County Durham received a £200 fine, £30 surcharge, £85 cost and Criminal Behaviour Order for three years.

Three other men pleaded not guilty and their cases will be heard at a later date.

The case against another man was adjourned.

Humberside Police Force Wildlife and Rural Crime Officer, Julie Turrell, said “Hare coursing remains a major problem in our area during the winter months.

“It is with increased patrols by the wildlife and rural crime officers and the help of local people being our eyes and ears and reporting these crimes that we can catch people in the act and bring them to justice.

“Through joint working between Police and a dedicated CPS Wildlife Crime Prosecutor we are able to ensure continuity from offence to prosecution at court; sending out a clear message that this type of activity will be dealt with robustly in the Humberside Police area.”

The manager of the Antisocial Behaviour Team at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, Nigel Brignall, said “The East Riding of Yorkshire Council fully support action taken to protect our rural communities and will continue to work with colleagues at Humberside Police to ensure people who choose to come to the East Riding to behave in this manner are stopped from doing so in the future.”