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Man has car and dog confiscated after hare coursing on farm land

A man has lost the rights to his car and his dog after being caught hare coursing in North Yorkshire.


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The dog was found nearby with a hare carcase.
The dog was found nearby with a hare carcase.
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John Latcham, 28, was also fined £660 and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £66 victim surcharge by Northallerton Magistrates Court on April 24 where he was charged with hunting a wild mammal with a dog.

 

It relates to the incident on January 28 where Mr Latcham, from Butterknowle, Durham was caught after allowing his lurcher dog to run loose and chase a hare on farmland at Well, near Bedale.


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North Yorkshire Police said on immediate response the man was handed a dispersal notice – meaning he had the leave the county immediately – before his two-year-old male dog, which was found with the carcase of a hare, was taken and re-homed.

 

His Ford Mondeo and slip dog lead were also confiscated.

 

‘We will not tolerate this’

Inspector Jon Grainge of North Yorkshire Police’s rural taskforce said: “Poaching is one of six national wildlife crime priorities and has a significant impact on the rural communities of North Yorkshire, often leaving local residents in fear of further crimes.

“Latcham travelled a considerable distance to commit this offence.

 

“The sentence imposed should send a clear message that North Yorkshire Police will not tolerate this offending in our communities, and deal with all reports robustly.”

 

Anyone with information about suspected hare coursing or poaching is asked to call police on 101, or 999 if a crime is in progress.

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