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Poacher fined and vehicle destroyed following court appearance

A poacher has pleaded guilty, in court, for trespassing in search of game on land in the UK.

Mitchel Cannon (26), with an address at Sleights, North Yorkshire, appeared before court on Wednesday, March 23rd, 2022, following Humberside Police’s rural taskforce’s investigation.

On Sunday, December 5th, 2021, Humberside Police detained a male on suspicion of trespassing in search of game on land at Haisthorpe, East Riding of Yorkshire.

Following his court appearance, the judge ordered him to pay £300 and an additional £119 in surcharges and costs.

His vehicle used during the incident was granted destruction.

Speaking following the case, rural task force officer, Kevin Jones said:

“This result sends a very clear message to those who are thinking about coming into the East Riding of Yorkshire to commit wildlife crime.”

“This has been a fantastic result thanks to some really proactive teamwork in tackling wildlife crime.”

“We will take action on every occasion and will look at utilising all the available legislation to prevent, deter and prosecute those who decide to engage in criminality around our countryside.”

“Wherever we have, the evidence we will prosecute offenders. We welcome the help of our rural communities in letting us know of incidents in their area.”

Jones urged the public to contact police concerning suspected crimes in progress.

28-year-old in court over sheep worrying incident

Meanwhile, a 28-year-old has been charged after his dog was seen worrying sheep in a field.

At approximately 4.30 pm on Thursday, March 10th, 2022, a dog is reported to have been seen chasing a sheep on agricultural land in Kenardington, Ashford.

At one stage, a witness reported seeing the dog dragging the “distressed” ewe across the field by it and its owner left the area.

The landowner found the sheep, which had sustained “serious” injuries to a hind leg and its body. Due to these injuries, a vet had to put the ewe down.

Police later arrested Charlie Hawker, with an address at Appledore Road, Ashford, in connection with the incident.

The judge charged him with one count of being the owner of a dog worrying livestock.

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