Three found guilty after poaching incident near Devizes

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Three people have been fined after they were found guilty of daylight trespass in pursuit of game in Bishops Cannings, near Devizes on 29 September 2019.

Stanley Mosley, 23, and James Mosley, 26, both of Woking, Surrey, and Mark Mosley, 27, of Lightwater, Surrey, were found guilty at Swindon Magistrates’ Court on 6 April 2021. 

On September 29, we received a report of suspicious activity and illegal hare coursing on private farmland in Bishops Cannings.

Officers attended the scene and found three men being detained by the landowner and their farm staff. The three men were arrested and interviewed before being summoned to court.

The three men failed to appear at court and were found guilty in their absence. They were each fined £660, ordered to pay costs of £500 each and £66 each to victim services.

PC Marc Jackson said: “The rural crime team and I are grateful for the response of the landowner and their staff. Landowners and farmers play an essential role in making us aware that illegal activity is taking place.

“I’d urge anyone who sees anything out of place in our rural communities to try and make note of any vehicle registration numbers and report concerns to us immediately.

“Our message is clear, if we suspect anyone of poaching offences in Wiltshire, we will act swiftly.”

Wiltshire Police remain committed to the national strategy, Operation Galileo, which allows police forces to use civil and criminal powers to prevent offending by hare coursers and protect vulnerable victims.

If you have any information in relation to rural crime, please call Wiltshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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