Hatfield trio in court over poaching offences

PUBLISHED: 08:00 14 November 2018

Three Hatfield men have admitted unlawfully taking rabbits.  Picture: Danny Loo

Three Hatfield men have admitted unlawfully taking rabbits. Picture: Danny Loo

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Three Hatfield men have admitted unlawfully taking rabbits after they were spotted by police flying over the area in the force helicopter.

The trio appeared at Stevenage Magistrates’ Court on October 29, when they all admitted unlawfully taking rabbits at night from land at Jacks Hill, Graveley.

John Moore, 33, and Aaron Smith, 28, both of Holwell Lane, and Georgie Smith, 23, of Meadow Dell, were all fined £100 each.

They were each ordered to pay £30 to victim services and £85 court costs.

A Herts Police spokeswoman said: “Not only is poaching illegal, but a vast amount of damage is often caused to fields of crops as offenders randomly drive around the countryside looking for game.

“Often the firearms being used will be unlicensed and the poachers not trained to cleanly kill the animals.

“In this case the offenders were spotted by the police helicopter, who alerted local officers on the ground to the poaching activity.

“They found the men hiding in the trees.

“We have a variety of off road vehicles which enable us to reach remote rural locations and take all calls relating to poaching activity very seriously.”

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