Wheelton man caught badger digging given suspended sentence

A LANCASHIRE man who was caught badger digging by an undercover RSPCA inspector has avoided jail. Gerard Monk, 27, of Millbrook Close, Wheelton, near Chorley and Paul Billington, 37, of Llydir Lane, Rossett, Clywd, were filmed digging a badger sett in woodland at Sandford, near Whitchurch in Shropshire, in May last year. Both men fled …

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TV chef Clarissa Dickson-Wright pleads guilty to hare coursing charge

Television chef Clarissa Dickson-Wright today escaped punishment after she admitted being a spectator at an hare coursing event. Ms Dickson-Wright and the leading race horse trainer Sir Mark Prescott joined hundreds of hunt supporters for two days of the traditional field sport held on farmland near Malton, North Yorkshire, in March 2007. Coursing, in which …

Essex man fined for tampering with badger’s sett

A BADGER protection group has called for landowners to contact them if they need advice about whether setts are still being used by the animals. The request comes after a Halstead man was fined £1,500 at Colchester Magistrates' Court after he admitted interfering with a badger sett. Richard Michael Butler, of Pennypot Corner, Gosfield, near …

Man in group fined for hunting hares with dogs

JAMES O’Brien, 38, of Saltbox Hill, Biggin Hill, has pleaded guilty to hunting wild animals with dogs after being caught hare-coursing on the South Downs at Angmering Park, between Worthing and Arundel, in February. O’Brien appeared at Worthing Magistrates Court on Wednesday last week (July 29), along with Thomas Joseph Connors, 31, from Wallington, Surrey, …