VIDEO: Police release footage of moment hare coursers were uncovered in Sawtry farmland

Aerial footage of the hare coursers on the run.

Aerial footage of the hare coursers on the run. - Credit: Archant

Police have released aerial footage of the moment four men were found hiding in bushes after being reported for hare coursing.

Officers attended an incident on farmland in Sawtry on December 13 last year, after receiving reports of six men trespassing and hare coursing on the land.

A police helicopter was deployed and six men were reported for summons to appear at Huntingdon Magistrates’ Court. A dog, two vehicles and cash were also seized.

Charlie Doherty, 25, from Newton Road, Rushden, Northamptonshire, Francis Doherty, 37, from Gipsey Lane, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, James Doran, 35, from London Road, Basildon, Essex and John-Brian Lee Senior, 43, from Gipsey Lane, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, were all charged with two counts of daytime trespass by five or more in pursuit of game.

All four pleaded not guilty to both charges however all were found guilty on November 5 and each received a £300 fine, ordered to pay £300 in costs and forfeit the vehicles.


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A 16-year-old boy and a 13-year-old boy were given youth cautions for the offence.

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