Two fined after hare coursing crackdown near Bourne

Two men have been fined after being arrested in an operation to tackle hare coursing.

Monday, 31st July 2017, 2:21 pm
Updated Tuesday, 12th September 2017, 11:05 am

On Friday Michael Faulks, 32, of Fford Yr Odyn, Treuddyn, Flintshire and Alistair Ritchie, 39, of Swallow Dale, Thringstone, Leicestershire, appeared before Lincoln Magistrates’ Court charged with offences under the Game Act 1831.

This related to an allegation of hare coursing that took place at Haconby Fen, near Bourne, on February 11.

Following a trial, both men were convicted of trespass in the pursuit of game. Faulks was fined £350 and Ritchie was fined £300. Prosecution costs of £372 each were awarded against both men, along with victim surcharges of £35 and £30 respectively.

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An application for Criminal Behaviour Orders against both men is due to be heard in September.

Superintendent Mark Housley said: ‘Hare coursing has a significant impact on the victims and the wider rural community. We will continue to work hard with our partners and neighbouring forces to bring offenders to justice and to make Lincolnshire hostile to hare coursers’.