Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 9°C

min temp: 6°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Update: Landowner speaks out over hare coursing confrontation in Hitcham

09:02 13 November 2012

A LANDOWNER who was mowed down by a group of hare coursers said he fears someone will be killed in a similar confrontation.

shares

Speaking hours after being released from hospital the 62-year-old farmer from Hitcham, near Stowmarket - who only wants to be identified by his first name for fear of reprisals - has warned about the dangers of people facing up to coursers.

Rodney was called on Sunday at 10.30am by a neighbour who had seen a group of men hare coursing on his land.

He immediately went out in his truck and blocked two gateways - one with the vehicle’s digging equipment and the other with the truck.

“As I got there, they were driving around in the car and my son had gone out in his vehicle on to the field,” he said.

“The car was spinning, it was going so fast. I was standing in the field and I was confronted by two gentlemen, they advanced towards me and he put me over the bonnet and I was thrown off.

“They went past between two cars and they disappeared at a fantastic rate up the road.”

The vehicle, a blue Subaru Legacy estate, powered down the road as Rodney’s wife Julie, 53, was walking towards it.

“She was walking, running, up to me to try and stop me from confronting them and she jumped into the ditch, she had to jump out of the way,” he said.

Rodney spent six hours in West Suffolk Hospital receiving treatment for a bruised back and a cut hand.

“I do not know what I have put my family through, that was the worrying thing,” he said.

“There’s going to be a death because people are getting fed up and there’s so much of it now; it’s becoming a huge problem now.

“We have been here nearly 100 years, we take pride in what we do and we do not like people doing what they did.”

Rodney said only 10 days before the confrontation there had been more hare coursers on his land but he only found out two days after it happened. The driver of the Subaru is described as a white male, aged 40-50 years old, around 5’9” tall, with light blonde hair.

A second male is described as a white male, in his 30s, around 5’9” tall, with blonde hair, of muscular build and wearing a tight blue t-shirt.

The estate car, registration number T618 DFC, was extensively damaged and driven off in the direction of Preston St Mary.

Anyone with information should call police on 101.

shares

2 comments

  • Surely, as you have the registration of the Subaru estate, this would have been reported to the Police and they would have been able to identify the owners of the vehicle?

    Report this comment

    Mrs.Yetti-Goose-Creature

    Monday, November 12, 2012

  • Violence must not be tolerated. I hope very much that the new Police and Crime Commissioners will do their best to ensure that it is not. Hare-coursing is intolerably violent towards the poor hares. If farmers have also been on the wrong end of violent behaviour from hare coursers, the situation is doubly intolerable.

    Report this comment

    Geoffrey Woollard

    Tuesday, November 13, 2012

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

Teen robbed of phone and bike

Police are appealing for help to find two men who robbed a teenager at knifepoint.

Suffolk Fire and Rescue crews called to fire at Stowmarket home

Police have arrested a man on suspicion of arson and affray after a fire was started at a Suffolk home and officers threatened with a knife.

Trains cancelled due to lack of driver

A number of trains have been cancelled this evening due to an absent driver.

Suspected gas explosion on Federick Road in Gorleston.

 Picture: James Bass

Two people have been taken to hospital following a suspected gas explosion near Lowestoft.

David Murton (L to R) Paul Whiting and Bill Barton in front of the main telescope at the Orwell Astronomical Society. Photograph Simon Parker

Astronomy enthusiasts will be gathering outside Isaacs on March 20 to view the celestial event - and you are invited to join them.

The Ormiston mini marathon at Trinity Park in 2014

This weekend’s Ormiston Families Children’s Marathon has been postponed.

Police called to scene of road collision

Police have been called to the scene of a collision between a car and a motorcycle on a road near Sudbury.

The new community cinema launched in St Mary's Church in Bury. Joanna Rayner and Rev Cannon Malcolm Rogers are pictured.

A Bury St Edmunds church is turning into a cinema as it intends to hold free community film events over the coming year.

@TheRec in Stowmarket

Six buildings in Suffolk are in the running to win awards dished out by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors.

Cobbolds Point, Felixstowe, by Peter Smith, is on show as part of the Suffolk Creative Photographic Group exhibition at Woodbridge Library during March

From broody compositions to sun-kissed scenes – an exhibition of photographs currently on display at a Suffolk library has a bit of everything to offer.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages