Derbyshire man found guilty of hare coursing

Thomas Stark
Thomas Stark

A Derbyshire man has been found guilty of hunting hares with a dog.

Thomas Stark, 25, of Jackson Avenue, Sandiacre, was found guilty after a trial at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates Court, and was sentenced on Thursday.

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The charges relate to an incident in Weston-on-Trent on December 12 last year.

Stark was handed a five-year Criminal Behaviour Order which prohibits him from trespassing on private land with dogs. He was also ordered to pay more than £3,700 in fines and costs and his dog was seized and made the subject of a forfeiture order, meaning it will be rehomed.

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To report rural or wildlife crime, contact police on 101 or via the online contact form www.derbyshire.police.uk/Contact-Us.

Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.