Tuesday 14 March 2023

A NORTH-EAST man suspected of hare coursing has been handed the largest-ever fine imposed in the East Riding in relation to suspected wildlife offences. Michael Harrison (35), of Hartlepool, was fined £600 and ordered to pay a £264 victim surcharge, with costs of £357 – a total of £1,281 – when the case was heard at Beverley Magistrates Court.

Harrison did not attend the hearing but magistrates found the charge of breaching a community protection notice proved. The court heard he was originally served with the notice in October 2019 by East Riding Council following police reports that he was causing a nuisance to farmers by going on to their land with dogs, and was suspected to be engaging in wildlife offences. 

A further protection notice was served in November 2021, after he was involved in a further incident; then, in October last year a police officer stopped a car being driven by Harrison, which was carrying two other passengers and a number of dogs. Full story here

EAST RIDING Council’s planning committee has approved plans to expand High Farm Country Park at Routh, despite objections from Leven and Tickton & Routh parish councils.  The approval of another 71 pitches will take the total on site to 510.

FIRE CREWS rescued an elderly Beverley man who got stuck in the bath. They were called to a property in the Norwood area just after 10.30pm and used a ram to gain access to the property to help the man out of the bath and into bed.