Men sentenced for hare coursing in East Northants

Three people have been arrested
Three people have been arrested

Two men were sentenced at Wellingborough Magistrates Court today (Wednesday) for hunting hares with dogs.

James McCann, 28, of Justin Park, Market Harborough, and Thomas Mochan, 29, of The Broadway, Market Harborough, both pleaded guilty and James McCann also pleaded guilty to careless driving.

The offences occurred on April 1 in the area of Hemington in East Northamptonshire.

Thomas Mochan was fined £1,559 and James McCann was fined £1,709 and disqualified from driving for six months.

PC Paul Mitchinson said: “We have a cross-border, multi-force approach called Operation Galileo which targets this type of crime and enables us to use a wide range of resources including off-road motorbikes and the police helicopter.

“We take rural crime seriously and I’d like to thank East Northamptonshire Farm Watch for their continued support.”

Anyone who have witnessed suspicious activity can contact Northamptonshire police on 101 or they can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

If you believe a crime is in progress call 999.