Two men sentenced over hare coursing in North Somercotes


Two men have appeared in court in Skegness to face charges they were involved in hare coursing on land in North Somercotes.

Michael Heath, 39, of Shelly Road, Manchester, and John Hoyle, 57, of Cleworth Walk, Manchester, both admitted trespassing on land at North Somercotes in pursuit of game when they appeared before Skegness Magistrates’ Court.

Nick Todd, prosecuting, said that a local farmer checking his fields at Piccathorpe Road and Inglands Bank saw the two men with lurcher dogs chasing hares and actually killing one.

He said police were called and the vehicle they were in was stopped.

Mr Todd said the two men made no admissions to police when they were interviewed.

Heath told the magistrates that he had been working in the area and he thought they were on a footpath.

Hoyle said that his dog got off the lead and was barking and running about.

“If we were on that land and shouldn’t have been on it, I’m sorry,” he told the magistrates.

The magistrates told the men that they could have been disqualified from driving or had their vehicle confiscated, and fined them each £250 and ordered each of them to pay £85 costs and a £25 victim surcharge.