First Criminal Behaviour Order for Poaching offences in North Yorkshire granted in court

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 and Scotland.

The Criminal Behaviour Order served to Spence prevents him from:

- Trespassing on any land with a dog, Firearm, or any item capable of firing a projectile

- Straying from any highway, Bridleway, or public right of way onto any land

- Driving, or be in, a motor vehicle or mechanically propelled vehicle other than on a publicly maintained road without written permission of the landowner

- Being part of a group involved in the hunting of any wild mammals with dogs or firearms or any items capable of firing a projectile