Rural community thanked after three men plead guilty to offences following Spaldington incident

Three Manchester men have pleaded guilty to gaming offences following an incident on Wednesday, February 17, in Gribthorpe, close to Spaldington, police have confirmed.

Friday, 11th June 2021, 12:47 pm
Updated Friday, 11th June 2021, 2:27 pm
Three Manchester men have pleaded guilty to gaming offences following an incident on Wednesday, February 17, in Gribthorpe, close to Spaldington, police have confirmed.Three Manchester men have pleaded guilty to gaming offences following an incident on Wednesday, February 17, in Gribthorpe, close to Spaldington, police have confirmed.

The initial report came from a local resident.

However, the details were quickly disseminated around the Farmwatch community in the area, and Humberside Police’s Rural Task Force was sent to action with PC Kevin Jones first to respond.

The regional Air Support NPAS21 helicopter went to assist with the search for the offenders and assisted in detaining two suspects, while the NPAS84 fixed wing plane also assisted to detain the final suspect.

Three dogs and the offending vehicle were seized on the day.

On Wednesday, June 2, all three men aged 29, 63 and 64 appeared at Hull Magistrates Court, pleading guilty to Games Act offences each receiving a £760 fine and forfeiture orders.

Rural Task Force Constable Kevin Jones said: “I would like to thank the rural community and members of the local Farmwatch for their assistance and partnership working during this incident.

“I would also like to thank our colleagues from the National Police Air Support unit who assisted with gathering key aerial evidence which supported the prosecution against the three men.

“I hope the sentencing passed in this case is shared far and wide across as a message of zero tolerance against those who chose to commit rural and wildlife crime within Humberside.

“We will continue to use legislation available to disrupt, deter and prosecute individuals responsible alongside our partners and the rural community to reduce the fear of rural crime and anti-social behaviour.

“If you have information about trespassing on farmland in suspicious circumstances or suspected individuals involved in poaching, please contact us on 999.”