First Criminal Behaviour Order for Poaching offences in North Yorkshire granted in court
Date of alert:
Monday, 12 September 2022
A man from Redcar and Cleveland has become the first offender in North Yorkshire to be given a Criminal Behaviour Order for Poaching offences, after being found guilty of Hunting Wild Mammals with dogs.
Ryan Thomas Spence was also handed a six-month driving ban and just over £1000 of fines at Scarborough magistrates court on Thursday (9 September 2022).
Spence, 32, attended private farmland with three dogs in Normanby, near Kirkbymoorside in Ryedale, shortly before 9am on 15 February 2022. Witnesses saw one of the dogs chasing a hare on the land and called the police, who attended the location and arrested Spence a short time later. Officers also seized the dogs.
Spence is a prolific national offender, having previously been convicted of a number of Poaching offences in North Yorkshire, East Yorkshire, Norfolk ad Scotland.