Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 21°C

min temp: 17°C

ESTD 1874 Search

The pigs have arrived. See the latest

Pigs Gone Wild

news here.

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.

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.

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

Myrtle Turner teaches her last fitness class in Saxmundham after 52 years of teaching.

At 86 it’s not unexpected that all the members of Myrtle Turner’s fitness class would be younger than she is – but she is the session leader.

Search being co-ordinated at Jaywick for a missing kayaker

People are being urged to stay safe if they visit the seaside this summer after the death of a canoeist off the coast at Jaywick on Sunday.

The scene of a crash on the A134 near Sudbury

Two pensioners were airlifted to Addenbrooke’s Hospital after a crash in Sudbury left them in a life-threatening condition this afternoon.

East Anglian Air Ambulance

A woman suffered a broken leg after falling from a horse in Santon Downham, near Brandon.

Gemma Edgar and her son Noah with her brother Lee Relf, who has launched into fundraising for the Children's Eye Cancer Charity and is doing a sponsored cycle around Suffolk castles dressed as knights in honour of his nephew.

The uncle of a Colchester boy living with cancer is looking forward to embarking on a Knight Rider Challenge this weekend to raise funds for a charity that supports children with the disease.

Lady Of the Lake Pub

A former soldier who was suffering from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) when he punched a Suffolk pub landlord has walked free from court after his victim said he did not want him to go to prison.

A loo with a view in Pakefield

With so much to see and do on the Suffolk coast, a day trip is just never long enough - so why not make a weekend of it? Or even book a week-long holiday?

Most read

Great Days Out

cover

Click here to view
the Great Days Out
supplement

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24