Poachers snared in the Cotswolds but without a rabbit between them
THREE poachers snared by police admitted the offence, even though they hadn't caught a rabbit.
The trio told Cheltenham Magistrates' Court that when police collared them, they hadn't a bunny between them.
Frederick Edwards, 70, of Shepherds Race, Pontypool; Danny Johnson, 56, of Cwmynyscoy Road, Pontypool; and Jason David Miller, 35, of Shepherds Hill, Pontypool admitted poaching, at Cheltenham Magistrates' Court yesterday.
All three pleaded guilty to "daytime trespass in pursuit of game – poaching", on October 13.
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They admitted contravening the Game Act 1831, which makes it an offence to trespass in "search or pursuit of game, woodcocks, snipes or conies".
The court heard that when they were caught at Compton Abdale, between Northleach and Andoversford, they had not caught anything themselves.
They were each fined £100, ordered to pay £30 each towards prosecution costs, and must all pay a £20 victim surcharge.