Policeman’s badger horror

By Kate Liptrot

A POLICE officer has described the disturbing scene he discovered when investigating reports of badger baiting on remote farmland near York.

Sgt Paul Stephenson found the body of a dead badger and badger foetuses after police were informed that a gang of men had watched badgers being ripped apart by dogs on the land between Scrayingham and Howsham Bridge, he told Scarborough Magistrates’ Court.

After digging into a patch of land that he noticed had been disturbed but apparently recovered with sods of grass, Sgt Stephenson said he found the body of a pregnant female badger four feet under the ground.

Post-mortem examinations of the two badgers have found that one had died from gunshot wounds after a sustained attack by dogs, and the other had been “torn to pieces and bled to death”.

Eight men have been accused of wilfully killing a badger, digging out and interfering with a sett, hunting a wild animal with dogs, and causing unnecessary suffering to an animal.

When first arriving at the scene Sgt Stephenson said some of the men had told him they had permission to be on the land. He said: “They were cocky, they were flippant. They would not tell me what had gone on. They said they had not killed a badger but would not say more than that.”

Sgt Stephenson said that as he had found a badger tail, he suspected there was a possibility a third badger had been killed but he was unable to find a body.

Cross examining Sgt Stephenson, Clive Rees suggested there were other people at the scene who were not apprehended. He also suggested that injuries found on the dogs owned by some of the men may have been caused by the animals fighting one another.

Six of the men have pleaded not guilty to the charges: Alan Alexander, 32, of Bramham Close, York; William Edward Anderson, 26 of Hillside, Cropton Lane, Pickering; James Henry Doyle, 34 of Westfield Avenue, Knottingley; Richard Simpson, 37, of Wains Road, York; Paul Ian Tindall, 33 of Bramham Grove, York; and a 17-year-old York youth who cannot be named for legal reasons.

Two other men, Christopher Martin Holmes, 28, of Bell Farm Avenue, York, and Malcolm David Warner, 28, of Princess Drive, York, pleaded guilty to jointly wilfully killing a badger, digging for badgers, and interfering with a sett, and had their cases adjourned until January 10. Both were granted unconditional bail.

Police were alerted to reports of badger baiting following a 999 call from wildlife artist Robert Fuller.

The trial continues.



9 Replies to “Policeman’s badger horror”

  1. Reading this makes me deeply ashamed to be a member of the human race and I weep for those poor poor animals. When will this stupidity end !

  2. This scum should be thrown to a pack of lions and let them tear them to pieces and bleed to death, what evil bastards these ‘people’ are, like Jenny says it makes you ashamed to be a member of the human race. It is time some very severe laws were brought in to deal with animal cruelty there is far to much goes on these days, its disgusting immoral and should be stopped. Or just leave this scum to us animal people, if I got my hands on these evils cretins I would knock hell out of them they would be screaming for mercy and they would get none.

  3. How sad for these poor badgers and whatever the penalty – it can never be severe enough 😦 for the crime they have done to these animals, and how many more (?) before being finally caught !

    Well done and thank you to Wildlife Artist Robert Fuller for having the backbone to report these sorry excuses for human beings !

    1. Sadly I know of one of these poor excuses of human beings and he has a brand new Bull Lurcher pup, so im sure he is not going to stop as this is apparantly what these types of dogs are bred for. It makes me feel sick, you are right it cant and wont be severe enough

      1. One female badger was pregnant and died from being ripped to pieces and finally bleeding to death. A number of badger foetuses were found above the ground and one was still attached to the slaughtered mother. In total there were 13 dogs including the bull cross lurchers as mentioned above, which are not only bred for killing badgers but bringing down deer. This is one nauseating case.

  4. A little more information.
    Alan Alexander, 23 Bramham Grove. / Christopher Holmes, 16 Bell Farm Avenue. / Paul Tindall, 31 Bramham Grove. / Malcolm Warner, 90 Princess Drive.
    No trace of Richard Simpson in Wains Road but it is possible he only moved there very recently. He used to share the house in Bramham Grove with Paul Tindall.

    Oh, and here is William Anderson’s business website –

    1. Richard Simpson and his BBWAG (badger baiters wife/girlfriend) the one with shockingly dyed black hair and face like a bulldog chewing nettles, hail from Knottingley, same as James Doyle the one who walked free due to his sterling performance in the dock, crocodile tears and well practised hang dog expression, yet he and Simpson were best of friends, but oh no, wiley old Doyle wasn’t involved in the badger baiting, he was in the 4 x 4 shutting his ears to the badgers screams. All were hard core badger baiters!! Knottingley is a hot bed for badger baiters.

      Hunting Life went very quiet on badgers/billy’s but Earth Dog/Running Dog is still worth a quick infiltration !!

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