More Poachers Caught in North Yorkshire By Borderwatch
7:27am 14th March 2013
A gang of poachers have been convicted after being caught out by Borderwatch volunteers in Richmondshire.
Shaun Cartin, Raymond McLaughlin and Wayne Carroll, all from Hartlepool were ordered to pay £215 each in fines and costs after pleading guilty to trespassing on land at night with poaching equipment and obstructing the police when they appeared at Northallerton Magistrates’ Court on 7 March 2013, say North Yorkshire Police. They add that Carroll was fined a further £100 for vehicle defect offences.
Another Hartlepool man Leon Robinson was found guilty in his absence and was fined £400 with £260 costs, say officers.
The men were spotted driving into Washton in a white Ducato van by volunteers on a night time patrol in the early hours of Saturday 11 August 2012, report the police.
Officers say they stopped on Sturdy House Lane which borders Feldom military ranges and volunteers witnessed them lamping on the ranges and the surrounding farmland.
Officers were alerted and witnessed further lamping when they arrived at the scene. Police say that at around 5am the men came off the land accompanied by two lurcher dogs and were reported for summons.
North Yorkshire Police say that they had tried to hide two lamps and batteries in nearby fields but they were found by the police and seized.
PC John Wilbor, of Richmondshire Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “Again this shows a concerted and persistent effort to ensure that offenders who travel miles to commit poaching offences will be found and investigated.
“This shows the commitment the local community and Richmondshire police officers have to protecting residents and landowners in rural locations.
“The local knowledge of the Richmondshire community is a potent weapon against criminals who come from towns many miles away to commit crime and they are at a disadvantage when they try to hide in open countryside.”
Police say that if you would like to report any suspicious activity in your area or would like to get involved in the Borderwatch scheme, contact North Yorkshire Police on 101.
If you wish to remain anonymous, Crimestoppers can be contacted on 0800 555 111
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