Two Darlington poachers have been fined a total of £480 thanks to Borderwatch volunteers who spotted them on land in the Richmondshire area.
Craig Usher, 24, of Park Lane, Darlington was fined £200 for night poaching and ordered to pay costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £20.
Thomas James David Hurman, 20, of Rockwell Avenue, Darlington was fined £70 for night poaching and ordered to pay costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £20.
The pair were caught on 20 February 2014, after volunteers working on Borderwatch patrols spotted lamping activity on land at Newton Morrell near the Durham border.
Hurman was found on a lane nearby with a Lurcher dog and Usher soon appeared from a hedge nearby. A lamp was found in the hedge a short time later.
The pair were arrested and both were charged jointly with trespassing at night with the purpose of taking or destroying game.
Usher was found guilty on 19 August 2014 after failing to previously attend court.
Hurman had previously pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing.
A destruction order was also placed on the lamp.
PC John Wilbor, who runs the Borderwatch Scheme in the Richmondshire area, said: ""This case is another great example of the effectiveness of the Borderwatch scheme and how local volunteers are working with the police to help prevent and detect crime in our rural communities.
"It sends another clear message that we will take action against anyone coming to Richmondshire to commit crime."
Borderwatch is supported by Hambleton and Richmondshire Community Safety Partnership. If you would like to join the scheme, please contact PC Wilbor on 101 and ask for him by name.
If you would like to report any suspicious activity in your area contact North Yorkshire Police on 101 - select option 1 - and pass information to the Force Control Room.
In an emergency, or if you see a crime in progress, please call 999.
If you wish to remain anonymous, Crimestoppers can be contacted on 0800 555 111.