Three men have been convicted of poaching grouse.
Police received a report on January 29 that three men were spotted in possession of a firearm and poaching grouse on moorland close by Lockwood Beck near Guisborough.
Officers attended the area and arrested the three men on suspicion of poaching offences.
A search was conducted by the officers and a firearm was located along with a number of shot grouse.
The three men appeared at Teesside Magistrates’ Court earlier this month where they all pleaded guilty to a string of poaching offences.
Mohammed Salek, 40 of Highfield Road, Middlesbrough was fined £150 and was ordered to pay £520 in compensation, Sirous Alizadeh, 37 of Belle Vue Grove, Middlesbrough, was fined £333 and was ordered to pay £520 in compensation and Corey Mount, 25 of Marton Burn Road, Middlesborough, was fined £100 and was ordered to pay £540 in compensation.
All three were also ordered to pay court costs and a victim surcharge.
Acting Inspector Rory Sadler, who is the force’s operational lead for rural crime, said: “These convictions demonstrate the commitment of Cleveland Police to deal robustly with those who commit crimes in our rural areas.
“Force-wide training has taken place meaning staff now have the knowledge to back that commitment up. I would like to express my gratitude in this case to the investigating officer PC Dan Hardey for conducting such a thorough investigation which has led to these convictions.”
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