Men charged over hare coursing

Delays are being reported in the area. Picture: ARCHANT

Delays are being reported in the area. Picture: ARCHANT

Two men arrested on suspicion of hare coursing in the Suffolk countryside have been charged, police have said.

Officers were called to reports of men with dogs and a vehicle in fields near Great Ashfield, in west Suffolk, at around 10.30am on Sunday, November 5.

Police attended and, following a search of the area, stopped a vehicle in Wetherden containing two men and dogs. The vehicle, a blue Peugeot 407 estate, and two dogs were seized under the Hunting Act.

William Johnston, 38 of Northampton Road, Market Harborough, Leicestershire has been charged with hunting a wild mammal with a dog.

Anthony Webster, 37, of Holywell Row, near Mildenhall has been charged with aiding and abetting the hunting of a wild mammal with a dog.

Both men have been bailed to appear at South East Suffolk Magistrates’ Court, in Ipswich, on January 8 2018.