Burnley badger digger avoids prison

A MAN who was chased by police after digging out a badger sett has avoided a jail sentence. Magistrates heard John Paul Fielden, 20, was caught by two officers in Cliviger after villagers spotted him and two friends interfering with a sett last August. Yesterday, Fielden, of Oxford Road, Burnley, was handed a 12-month prison …

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Huntsman is jailed for assaults

A Devon huntsman has been jailed for assaulting two animal rights activists. Christopher Marles, 48, of Farringdon, had earlier admitted using his horse to knock Helen Weeks to the ground as she filmed the East Devon Hunt. He was serving a suspended sentence for attacking another hunt monitor when the second assault happened in March …

Dogs seized in police raids on badger baiters

Ulster officers took action against blood sports enthusiasts following a Sunday Times investigation John Mooney An international network of badger baiters has been exposed following an under-cover investigation by The Sunday Times. The inquiry, run in conjunction with the Ulster Society (for the) Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (USPCA), prompted a series of police raids …

Huntsman in court

A HUNTSMAN for the Duke of Northumberland has been charged with illegal hunting. Robert McCarthy, 34, of the Kennels, Cannongate, Alnwick, is alleged to have breached the Hunting Act of 2004 in an incident on Wednesday, November 12, 2008, at Bradford Kaims, near Belford. He is due to appear at South East Northumberland Magistrates Court …