Home   Woodbridge   Article

Group of men summoned to court following Hopton hare hunting incident




A group of men have been summoned to court following a reported hare hunting incident in Hopton.

On October 11 last year, four dogs and a vehicle were reportedly spotted on a private field in the Fen Street area of the village – with one of the dogs reportedly chasing a hare.

Following police investigations by the Rural and Wildlife Policing Team five men, aged 42, 49, 19, 26, and 41 have been summonsed to court in relation the offence of hunting wild mammals.

Hare hunting is illegal in England and Wales, following the Hunting Act 2004.
Hare hunting is illegal in England and Wales, following the Hunting Act 2004.

One of the men, aged 42, is additionally summonsed to court in relation to a number of other offences.

The include dangerous driving, driving without due care and attention, driving on land not part of a road and using threatening/abusive words likely to cause harm or distress.

They five men are summonsed to appear before Ipswich Magistrates Court on 27 May at 1.15pm.

Read more: All the latest news from Suffolk

To get the latest updates in ongoing cases, police appeals and criminals put behind bars, click here.