Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Illegal hunting convictions

From Thames Valley Police:

Gary Malpass, aged 35, from Overmead, Abingdon; John Norman Woods, aged 31 from Boxhill Road, Abingdon; and Tobias Pope, aged 34 from Sunningwell Road, Sunningwell pleaded guilty to Hunting a wild mammal with dogs on Friday (12/12/14).

The incident happened on 28 November 2014. The three men were seen by a police helicopter in fields near Wootton with a high powered lamp and dogs at approx 1.20am.

Thames Valley Police were able to gain forfeiture of the high powered lamp, worth around £200.

Woods and Pope were fined £500 each, and ordered to pay £50 compensation and £85 costs. Malpass will be sentenced next year.

Detective Inspector of South and Vale CID Paul Powell said:

“We’re obviously very pleased with this result, and with the fact they all pleaded guilty to the charges. Hare coursing and hunting act offences are a priority for the South and Vale Local Policing Area. I commend the work of the officers involved in this case, particularly because their community impact statements were used in court.”

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for sharing the 'good' news,
    just wish it was a prison sentence and a much bigger fine :-/