Four men banned from Lincolnshire after being caught hare coursing at Chapel St Leonards

Court news.
Court news.

Four men appeared in Skegness Magistrates’ Court on Friday for offences of trespass in pursuit of game which occurred at Chapel St Leonards on the morning of Sunday, January 19.

The offences came to light after a witness saw a man in a field with a greyhound type dog in front of him chasing a hare.

Believing that he was hare coursing, she rang the Police.

An East Lindsey District Council CCTV camera at Chapel Point was utilised to look above nearby houses into fields beyond where the first sighting had occurred.

The camera picked up a figure with a dog in a field moving south. A minute later the camera picked up a further two figures also moving south. These figures were monitored by the camera for the next 20 minutes.

The CCTV camera monitored a Ford Focus arriving in the car park. The car was tracked for some time before police stopped it on Sea Road, Anderby. The four men were in the car and four lurcher type dogs were in the boot.

Upon conviction, all four men were excluded from entering Lincolnshire with any dog for two years from August 29.

The men and further sentences they received are detailed below:

Carl Raines, 45, from Driffield, East Yorkshire. He was fined a total of £260.

John Riley, 31, from Doncaster, South Yorkshire. He was fined a total of £558.

Brad Barber, 25, from County Durham. He was fined a total of £586.

Paul Thompson, 37, from Nafferton, East Yorkshire. He was fined a total of £586.