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Eight men sentenced at King’s Lynn court after hare coursing incidents in Barroway Drove and Walpole Highway





Eight men have been convicted of hare coursing under new legislation aimed at tackling the offence.

This comes after two separate reports of hare coursing led to their arrests last year.

The first happened in Walpole Highway on October 12 when four men were arrested and three dogs seized.

Eight men have been sentenced after the harecoursing incidents in Barroway Drove and Walpole Highway. Picture: Norfolk Police
Eight men have been sentenced after the harecoursing incidents in Barroway Drove and Walpole Highway. Picture: Norfolk Police

Appearing at Lynn Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, all four admitted the offence of trespassing in pursuit of game and criminal damage to the field.

They were each ordered to pay fines and costs, and have been banned from keeping dogs for two years:

- Mark Dean, 26, of Woodstock Lane South, Chessington, Greater London, was fined £250, ordered to pay a £100 victim surcharge, £105 prosecution costs, £250 compensation for the damage to the field and £425 towards the cost of kennelling the dogs.

- Henry Smith, 35, of Oveton Way, Leatherhead, Surrey, was fined £250, ordered to pay a £100 victim surcharge, £105 prosecution costs, £250 compensation for the damage to the field and £425 towards the cost of kennelling the dogs.

- Miley Smith, 28, of Fairbridge Way, Burgess Hill, West Sussex, was fined £200, ordered to pay an £80 victim surcharge, £105 prosecution costs, £250 compensation for the damage to the field and £425 towards the cost of kennelling the dogs.

- Callum King, 28, of Lower Common, Eversley, Hampshire, also pleaded guilty to an additional offence of driving without insurance during the same incident. He was fined £416, ordered to pay a £166 victim surcharge, £105 prosecution costs, £250 compensation for the damage to the field and £425 towards the cost of kennelling the dogs.

The court ordered the three dogs to be forfeited, and these will now be re-homed.

The second incident was reported on December 10 around Barroway Drove, just outside Downham, where another four men were arrested and two dogs seized.

All four pleaded guilty to the offence of trespassing in pursuit of game at Lynn Magistrates’ Court on Thursday.

- Jimmy Lee, 38, of Park Lane, Wokingham, Berkshire, was fined £500, ordered to pay a £200 victim surcharge, £105 prosecution costs, and £216 towards the cost of kennelling the dogs.

- Wayne Shelley, 50, of Wokingham Road, Crowthorne, Berkshire, was fined £500, ordered to pay a £200 victim surcharge, £105 prosecution costs, and £216 towards the cost of kennelling the dogs.

- Edward Connors, 28, of Peeks Brook Lane, Horley, Surrey, was fined £500, ordered to pay a £200 victim surcharge, £105 prosecution costs, and £216 towards the cost of kennelling the dogs.

- Albert Eastwood, 28, of Denton Close, Redhill, Surrey, was fined £600, ordered to pay a £240 victim surcharge, £105 prosecution costs, and £216 towards the cost of kennelling the dogs.

The court also ordered these two dogs to be forfeited, and these too will be re-homed.

All eight men were issued with a two-year court order banning them from owning or keeping dogs.

Under the new law introduced in 2022, those convicted of hare coursing, going equipped, or trespassing with intent to pursue hares face unlimited fines and up to six months in prison.

Courts can also order costs towards kennelling paid for by police.

These are the first sentences in Norfolk under the new legislation.

PC Chris Shelley, from the OP Randall Rural Crime Team, said: “Norfolk Constabulary will continue to tackle this cruel and illegal crime, it has no place in modern society and has been illegal in all forms for nearly 20 years now.

“As a force we will continue to use the powers the new legislation introduced in 2022 to tackle it has given us by seizing dogs and seeking to recoup costs from individuals found guilty of such offences, alongside disqualification orders and compensating the victims of damage to their property.”



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