A REDBOURN man has been banned from entering farmland throughout two counties with a dog after he was caught illegally hunting hares.

Jimmy Cash, 45, of Lybury Way, has been given a two year anti-social behaviour order (ASBO), following a conviction under the 2004 Hunting Act .

The order, issued at Stevenage Magistrates' Court on Thursday, prohibits him from trespassing, either on foot or in a vehicle, on agricultural or privately-owned land privately owner, with a dog anywhere in Hertfordshire or Cambridgeshire.

He has been convicted of two offences in connection with an incident near Royston in October.

Police Constable Paul Marina said: “Hare coursing has a very negative effect on our rural communities and it is important we target those responsible. This is the first ASBO in Hertfordshire for a hare coursing offence and I hope this sends a clear message that the police, working with the Crown Prosecution Service, will use all the tools at their disposal to tackle incidents of this nature.”

PC Marina, an expert in countering hare coursing, has cut it by 60 per cent since he started work in Royston in 2004.