Eight in court on badger offences

Seven men and a 16 year-old were granted unconditional bail at Scarborough Court last Thursday on charges brought under the Protection of Badgers Act and the Hunting Act.

The offences allegedly took place on land at Howsham, near Malton.

Alan Alexander, 32, of Bramham Grove, York; James Henry Doyle, 34, of Eastfield Avenue, Knottingley; William Edward Anderson, 26, of Hillside, Cropton Lane, Pickering; Christopher Martin Holmes, 28, of Bell Farm Avenue, York; Richard Simpson, 37, of Wains Road, York; Paul Ian Tindall, 33, of Bramham Grove, York; and Malcolm David Warner, 28, of Princess Drive, York; and a 16 year-old from York, were each accused of interfering with a badger set, digging for badgers and willfully killing of a badger.

Alexander Holmes and Simpson were also accused of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal. They are due to appear at Scarborough Court again on September 8.

Source: Gazette & Herald


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