Mark Giles previous conviction in 1996 for procuring cocks to fight and attending the fight

When 40 police and RSPCA officers stormed the shed a Belvedere they found 15 men and a 16 year old youth watching two birds fighting. Four other birds lay dead on the ground. All the men tried to escape, but were tracked down by police dogs and a police helicopter. The court heard how Lee …

Northumberland pair forced animals to fight to the death

TWO men from Northumberland have been jailed after forcing animals to fight to the death and posting footage on the internet. Wayne Lumsden and Connor Patterson, both 23, were sent to prison for 26 and 20 weeks respectively by magistrates at Bedlington for offences relating to badgers, foxes, dogs, cats and cocks. The pair were …

Trio spared jail over cock-fight ‘experiment’

THREE young men were spared jail after admitting organising a cock fight and causing unnecessary cruelty to animals. The men – two from Darlington and one from Bishop Auckland – were seen pitting two cockerels against each other in a County Durham field. Thomas Mounsey, 18, and 19-year-olds Walter David Welch and James Sheldon Welch, …