Six men charged with hare coursing on land near Downham Market

The crest above the entrance to King's Lynn Court in College Lane. ENGANL00120120910143711

The crest above the entrance to King's Lynn Court in College Lane. ENGANL00120120910143711

Six men are due to appear in court next month accused of taking part in a hare coursing event on farmland in West Norfolk.

The accused men are Jim Burton, 32, of Fen Road, Cambridge; Nathan Hadfield, 32, of Burton Latimer, near Kettering; Denny Loveridge, 36, of Datchet, Slough; Thomas Mochan, 28, of Northampton Road, Market Harborough; Charlie Smith, 30, of Bittleswell, Leicestershire and Jamie Smith, 26, of Rassau, Ebbw Vale, Gwent.

All of them face a single charge taking part in a hare coursing event at Ten Mile Bank.

The alleged offence is said to have been committed on November 20 last year.

The activity, which involves the pursuit of hares by hounds, was made illegal under the Hunting Act of 2004, which also outlawed fox hunting.

The case against the men, which was listed to be heard by magistrates in Lynn yesterday, was instead adjourned for a hearing to take place in Norwich on July 7.