Man accused of badger sett disturbance to appear in court following investigations by the League

28 June 2013

William Staines has been summonsed to appear before Canterbury & St. Augustine Magistrates’ Court on Friday 28th June 2013, charged with an offence of Interfering with a badger sett.

The case is based upon surveillance evidence provided by League investigators in respect of an incident which is alleged to have occurred on 5th January 2013, when the Ashford Valley Hunt met near Ashford, Kent. The case was then picked up by Kent Police.

Rachel Newman, Director of Operations at League said: “We are very pleased that the police are to prosecute as persecution of badgers is a wildlife crime that needs to be taken very seriously.

“Thankfully, our Investigations Team are out in the field, and tasked with finding incidences of animal cruelty just like this one. We hope the case is successful, and that it deters others from breaking laws designed to protect animals.”


Notes to Editors

1. Please contact the League’s Press Office on 01483 524250 (24hrs) or email with any queries or comment requests.

2. About the League Against Cruel Sports
The League Against Cruel Sports is a registered charity that brings together people who care about animals. Like the majority of the public, we believe that cruelty to animals in the name of sport has no place in modern society. Registered charity number 1095234. Find out more about our work at

3. A CPS prosecutor has authorised proceedings against William Staines charged with an offence of Interfering with a badger sett contrary to Section 3 of the Protection of Badgers Act 1992.

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