Rabbit hunt man killed in night time incident

Casualty: Bassetlaw Hospital.
Casualty: Bassetlaw Hospital.

A MAN has died after the car in which he was hunting rabbits ran out control in a field near Doncaster.

The 25-year-old, named last night as Ross Staples, of Burrs Lane, Gildingwells, Worksop, was a passenger in a Subaru Forester which crashed in a field off White Water Lane, Styrrup, in the early hours of Tuesday.

Mr Staples was a front seat passenger in the car, said a police spokeswoman.

He suffered serious injuries and was taken to Bassetlaw Hospital, near Worksop, where he was pronounced dead. The Nottinghamshire coroner has been informed.

No-one else in the car was injured.

Police believe Mr Staples was carrying out a practice known as ‘lamping’ - the night time shooting of rabbits - where vehicle headlamps are used to mesmerise rabbits so they are easier to shoot dead.

The driver of the car - a 22-year-old Worksop man - was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and attempting to pervert the course of justice following the crash.

Two other passengers - a 21-year-old man from Dinnington, and a 28-year-old man from Thurcroft - were also arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice.

It is not known whether the men in the car were authorised to be lamping, but it is recognised as a form of animal control used by farmers to keep fox and game numbers down, to protect wildlife, livestock and growing crops.

There are clear guidelines for legal lamping, which involve landowners and tenants giving approval before animals are shot dead. Only licensed firearms must be used, and local residents should be informed beforehand.

Anyone with information about the incident of those who saw anything should call Nottinghamshire Police on 0300 300 9999 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.