Two travelling criminals have been sentenced for poaching offences in Richmondshire.
James Baines and Andrew Paterson both of Haughton Road, Darlington, admitted to daytime poaching on land at Newton Morrell at Northallerton Magistrates' Court on Friday 18 July 2014.
The court heard that Baines, aged 34, and Paterson, aged 30, were spotted on farm land walking apart but in line with each other with two lurcher dogs on Saturday 28 December 2013.
A hare was seen to run from their direction, although no obvious chase was witnessed.
One of the witnesses recorded the pair on a digital camera which showed their co-ordinated efforts while trespassing on private land.
Police were contacted and officers stopped their green Volvo leaving a gated field entrance.
Both men gave differing accounts in an attempt to explain why they were at the location. Baines said they had stopped to top up the water in the car while Paterson claimed that they had pulled over so he could relieve himself.
However, they matched the description of the men seen trespassing and they were summonsed to appear at court.
Three separate landowners stated that the men did not have permission to be on their land.
Baines was fined £230 and Paterson was fined £215.
Wildlife Crime Officer PC John Wilbor, of Richmond Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: "More and more people are finding that if they come to Richmondshire to commit poaching offences they are increasingly likely to be caught.
"We have eyes an ears all over our rural areas with local residents keen to help the police catch criminals coming over the border to trespass on their land or commit other offences.
"We have a number of very effective and dedicated volunteer watch schemes who help out with night time patrols and I can assure anyone else who intends to come to Richmondshire to prey on our communities that there is a very good chance that someone will be watching them."
If you would like to report any suspicious activity in your area or are interested in joining your local Country Watch scheme, contact North Yorkshire Police on 101 - select option 1 - and speak to the Force Control Room.
If you prefer not to give your name, Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.