Local News | Man Charged with Poaching in WhitchurchA man has been sentenced after pleading guilty to poaching in Whitchurch.

Jeremiah Connors, aged 29 of St Mellons, Cardiff admitted poaching after appearing before the Basingstoke Magistrates Court on March 10. He was sentenced to pay £2000 in compensation to Hampshire Constabulary.

He was arrested on February 5 after a member of the public reported seeing a man with his dog chasing after a rabbit in fields off the A34 near to Whitchurch.

Country Watch officer, PC Will Butcher said: “This gives a clear message that poaching won’t be tolerated in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

“Poaching impacts on both wildlife and landowners, often causing significant damage to the fields.

“By immediately reporting the suspicious activity the local rural community played an important part in assisting us to achieve this outcome.

“I would like to urge members of the public to contact us on 101 should they see any suspicious activity taking place or alternatively they can contact the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

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