Surrey man who travelled to Cambridgeshire for hare coursing in Thorney, Littleport, Coveney and Swaffham Bulbeck ordered to pay over £6,000 in fines

PUBLISHED: 15:16 05 October 2017

Arron Smith, who travelled to Cambridgeshire in pursuit of hare coursing, has been ordered to pay more than £6,000 in fines and issued with a Criminal Behaviour Order.

Arron Smith, who travelled to Cambridgeshire in pursuit of hare coursing, has been ordered to pay more than £6,000 in fines and issued with a Criminal Behaviour Order.

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A man who travelled to Cambridgeshire in pursuit of hare coursing has been ordered to pay more than £6,000 in fines and issued with a Criminal Behaviour Order.

Smith and other men, who have not been identified, could be seen with three Lurcher dogs (pictured) hare coursing in a field but once again made off when they spotted the officers. The lurchers were seized by police. Smith and other men, who have not been identified, could be seen with three Lurcher dogs (pictured) hare coursing in a field but once again made off when they spotted the officers. The lurchers were seized by police.

Arron Smith, 23, of Redhill, Surrey, was given the order following incidents of hare coursing across the county in Thorney, Littleport, Coveney and Swaffham Bulbeck in October last year.

He appeared at Cambridge Magistrate’s Court on 27 September after he was summoned for poaching, failing to stop and driving without insurance.

The court heard how officers from the Rural Crime Action Team (RCAT) were on patrol on 19 October last year when they were alerted to a green Subaru being used for hare coursing in Peterborough.

The vehicle was located in Thorney but failed to stop for officers. As it travelled towards Crowland the occupants threw a dead hare from the window into the road.

Officers stopped the pursuit because of the dangerous way the Subaru was being driven but it was later spotted in Littleport, Coveney and finally Swaffham Bulbeck.

Smith and other men, who have not been identified, could be seen with three Lurcher dogs hare coursing in a field but once again made off when they spotted the officers.

In their haste they left the dogs behind and they were seized by the RCAT.

On December 2, Smith was reported for failing to stop and driving without insurance after further reports of hare coursing in Thorney.

Smith was identified as the driver of the vehicle during an identity parade.

Sergeant Richard Jackson said: “We are committed to driving hare coursing out of Cambridgeshire and I hope this result goes some way to show that every reported incident is taken seriously and we will do all we can to bring these people before the courts.”

The indefinite CBO stipulates that Smith is prohibited from trespassing on any land in Cambridgeshire whilst in possession of a Lurcher or Lurcher type dog whilst in company of another person with a Lurcher.

Smith was ordered to forfeit his Subaru and three dogs. He was ordered to pay £250 compensation to three farmers, £5,535 in kennel costs, a £200 fine for poaching, £400 fine for no insurance as well as £145 in costs and surcharges.

Finally Smith was also disqualified from driving for 12 months.

2 comments

  • There is a lot of ignorance about coursing, the aim is not to catch and kill the hares but to watch the dogs work. In pre-ban days the Waterloo Cup was the premier coursing event in Britain, and only around 3% of hares coursed were killed. Another point that needs making is that any animals that are hunted are paradoxically preserved, this was evidenced in the south-west of England once stag hunting was banned by the huge number of deer that were killed because of their deprivations of crops, once hunting was banned the farmers had no reason to allow them to wreak havoc in the fields. As to the coursing problem in Cambridgeshire the main issue as I see it is one of trespass, which I thought was a civil crime, however in this county a special police unit is set up to monitor quite a small amount of rural crime. Presumably to placate the anti brigade, who still openly abuse, assault and destroy property of anyone involved in what they see as animal abuse, and all it would seem with virtual impunity of arrest and punishment. Perhaps Cambs Police need to get their own house in order before they waste thousands of pounds in pursuing a very small problem. One of their senor officers received a "slap on the wrist" for attempting to cheat a candidate into a promotion, I'm sure a normal constable would have been dismissed for such a crime, as this senior officer should have been. What little faith I had in the senior ranks of Cambs police has been eroded completely.

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    contramundum

    Saturday, October 7, 2017

  • The terms used are interesting. This paper called him a 'courser', another a 'poacher'. What he did was use dogs t chase and tear apart a wild animal and all right minded people will abhor this. However, once again, the 'peasant' is prosecuted. I have never seen one report of the hunters doing the same thing but on horseback, having their hounds or horses confiscated and getting huge fines. Is this perhaps because judges, chiefs of police and those who implement and control the law, also participate? The law is for the poor.

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    fenwoman

    Friday, October 6, 2017

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