By Tom Wright
Two hunting dogs have been seized from poachers for the first time in Hampshire.
Two men were last week hit with £825 and £620 fines after pleading guilty to entering land at night with the intention of taking game.
Local farmer Charlie Flindt hopes the heavy fines will act as a deterrent to poachers.
He said: “Magistrates sentences tend to have been rather lenient.
“This case recently has really thrilled the farming community because multi-hundred pound fines are significant.
“What is hugely significant is taking away and re-homing the dogs.”
Inspector Pressley of Hampshire Constabulary’s Country Watch feels the police can be tackle the issue harder: “Perhaps we haven’t been as robust as we should have been in trying to tackle it.
“By taking dogs away from people who are using dogs as part of their criminal activity we send out a strong message to these people that it won’t be tolerated.”