Sunderland and Seaham poachers caught on lamping trip

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THREE travelling criminals have been hit in the pocket after being caught poaching.

Karl Scott and James Dixon from Seaham, and Ben Chisholm from Sunderland, were spotted lamping on land between Ravensworth and the A66 in Richmondshire in North Yorkshire at about 10.45pm on March 1.

Rural Watch patrol volunteers kept an eye on the men until police arrived, with a search finding the three walking along the road where they had left their Ford Ranger.

Scott, Dixon and Chisholm were in possession of lamps and lurcher dogs, which were seized, and they were reported for summons to court on suspicion of trespassing on land at night with poaching equipment.

On Monday, Dixon, 23, of Stavordale Street, Dawdon, was fined £250 when his case was proved in his absence at Northallerton Magistrates’ Court and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.

Scott, 26, of Mount Stewart Street, Dawdon, pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing and given a £165 fine, with £85 costs and a victim surcharge of £20.

Chisholm, 27, of Rutland Avenue, Silksworth, pleaded guilty and was fined £200, with the same costs and surcharge.