Poachers foiled by police operation

Court news.
Court news.

A man who trespassed on land at Freiston has been found guilty of poaching as part of a Lincolnshire Police operation.

Alan Booth, 65, of Step Row, Bacup, appeared before trial at Boston Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, July 24.

The court was told that on December 18, 2013, a passer-by saw Booth standing on a grassed area, viewing through binoculars as his lurcher type dog was chasing a hare along a grassed field edge some yards away.

Booth then drove away from the area and the passer-by contacted the police and followed Booth’s vehicle until police located and stopped it.

Booth’s defence solicitor said he had merely been to visit a friend in Wainfleet. Booth himself, however, did not take the stand to give evidence in his defence.

He was found guilty with the magistrates claiming that the prosecution witness evidence was ‘highly consistent and plausible’ whereas his defence was not.

Because magistrates believed he was a persistent offender in this type of offence, he was fined £500 with court costs of £450 and a victim surcharge of £55, totalling £1015.

He was also disqualified from driving for four weeks.

Operation Galileo,is aimed at tackling and reducing the incidents of hare coursing across the county.

As part of the operation, 67-year-old Peter Cobley and 56-year-old Martin Bannister both of Ripley, Derbyshire were also found guilty of trespass at Boston Magistrates’ Court on Monday, July 28.

This incident occurred in Dogdyke, near Coningsby, on January 3, 2014.

The men were fined £110 each with each having to share the court costs and victim surcharge of £500, totalling £720 and were ordered to forfeit their dog slip leads.