North West Hunt Saboteurs

Badger Baiters - A

Name - Addison William

Address - Tennyson Place, Great Harwood

Convicted - ?

Fine - £10 and £2 costs

Magistrates - Knutsford

Age/D.O.B -

Also convicted - William Dewhurst, James Swindlehurst, Kevin Barski and Anthony Latham

Notes - The police stopped a car on the M6 at Bexton and found two badgers and eight dogs inside. They were all found guilty of having live badgers in their possession. They said they had been fox hunting in the Staffordshire area.


Name - Aird Julian Mark

Address - Westward Road, Boughton Heath, Chester

Convicted - January 1987

Fine - £150 and £25 costs and £7.50 witness expenses

Magistrates - Chester

Age/D.O.B - 21

Also convicted - Darren Hickey

Notes - Caught 31/8/86. Found guilty of digging for badgers. Claimed they had been hare coursing with their terriers.


Name - Agar Colin

Address - Skippers Meadow, Ushaw Moor

Convicted - 13/6/86

Fine - £300 and £91 costs

Magistrates - Hexham

Age/D.O.B - 33

Also convicted - Ronald Naisbett and David Jones

Notes - They said they were after foxes. Found guilty of digging for badgers. Caught 8/9/85. They pleaded not guilty to injuring a badger and the charge was dismissed. Mr Norman Laidman defended all three.


Name - Ali Brian

Address - 2 Dowson House, Bower Street, London E1

Convicted - June 1984

Fine - £250 and £140.60 costs

Magistrates - Brentwood

Age/D.O.B - Aged 33

Also convicted - Raymond Ali and Anthony Faulkner

Notes - All found guilty of attempting to take a badger


Name - Ali Raymond

Address - 124 Malmesbury Road, Bow, London E3

Convicted - June 1984

Fine - £250 and £140.60 costs

Magistrates - Brentwood

Age/D.O.B - Aged 29

Also convicted - Brian Ali and Anthony Faulkner

Notes - All found guilty of attempting to take a badger


Name - Anderson Paul Dunbar

Address - 40 Selwyn Street, Stoke-on-Trent

Convicted - 12/10/90

Fine - £200

Magistrates - Crewe

Age/D.O.B - 27

Also convicted - Gareth Williams and Ian Johnson

Notes - Claimed they were out hunting foxes. They dug a 8ft hole down into the badger sett. Found guilty of digging for badgers. Caught December 1989. They had been given permission to dig for foxes.


Name - Anson Daniel

Address - Wood Farm Close, Stannington, Sheffield

Convicted - 29/9/89

Fine - £350 and £25 costs

Magistrates - Chesterfield

Age/D.O.B - 20

Also convicted - Mark and Paul Gregory and Graham Whalen

Notes - Caught 15/1/89. They all claimed they were after foxes. All defended by Mr Michael Whitworth, but found guilty of digging for badgers. Whalen also admitted a further charge of threatening behaviour after he went to the R.S.P.C.A. kennels to get his two terriers back, he was bound over for 1 year in the sum of £100. All had their terriers taken away.


Name - Anson Daniel

Address - Woodfarm Close, Stannington

Convicted - 1/10/93

Fine - £1,250

Magistrates - Sheffield

Age/D.O.B - 24

Also convicted - Martin Thomas

Notes - Found guilty of obstructing a badger sett. Anson was cleared of assaulting a policeman. They said they were looking for foxes.


Name - Aram Darryl

Address - 16 Parkhall Road, Mansfield

Convicted - 1986

Fine - £400 and £20 costs

Magistrates - Chesterfield

Age/D.O.B - 24

Also convicted - Martin Groves and Andrew Mitchell

Notes - All found guilty of digging for badgers. Caught 6.00am August Bank Holiday Monday. They said they were looking for foxes.


Name - Archer Paul

Address - Snave Close, Liverpool

Convicted - 14/11/97

Fine - 200 hours community service and £200 costs

Magistrates - Stockport

Age/D.O.B - 23

Also convicted - Steven Taplin and Stanley Young

Notes - They were all found guilty on 14/11/97 of interfering with a badger sett and causing unnecessary suffering to a fox. Young was also found guilty of cruelty to his terrier. Stockport magistrates heard over four days how the three were spotted by a woman walking her dog at Ladybrook Valley near Bramhall, Cheshire last February. In court a vet told how he had examined a fox that was found at the scene. It was still warm, had 'pretty horrendous injuries' and had bled to death. The court also heard how a greyhound and two terriers were injured, and one of the terriers had such serious injuries that it required three operations to repair the damage to the lower jaw. The three said in court how they had travelled to Stockport to hunt foxes because there were none in Merseyside (yeah right!!!). Taplin also told the court that they would not have dug at the sett if they believed badgers were inside. He also disagreed that the fox had been savaged by the dogs. "What do you think they did? Give it a kiss?" asked the prosecution. Taplin also stated it was a duty to kill foxes "because they are vermin". All three were sentenced to over 200 hours community service and ordered to pay £200 costs each. Young also had to forfeit his terrier and was banned from keeping dogs for two years.


Name - Ashworth Richard

Address - Haslam Street, Bury

Convicted - 13/3/81

Fine - £50 and £15 costs

Magistrates - Runcorn

Age/D.O.B - 33

Also convicted - Bill Holden and Paul Smith

Notes - They were all found guilty of digging for badgers. Caught 25/9/80. A photograph taken at the time was developed and showed a dog taking hold of a live badger. They said they were after foxes. All defended by Mr Robert Crawford.


Name - Atkins Richard Alan

Address - Elmsleigh Green, Swadlincote

Convicted - 23/3/99

Fine - 2 months

Magistrates - Coalville

Age/D.O.B - 31

Also convicted - Lee Robert Burton

Notes - Two men found guilty of digging for a badger have been jailed for two months. Lee Robert Burton and Richard Alan Atkins were found guilty on 23/3/99 of digging for a badger after a five-day trial at Coalville magistrates. Police were called and after a chase Burton and Atkins were caught. Both men refused to give their names and Burton threatened an officer with a spade he was carrying. Three dogs were also found on the site they all had scratches on their faces. Other equipment such as a ferret finder, shovels and knives were also recovered nearby. A dead badger was found at the scene and the body was still warm. When they were taken to their new home there was a concrete badger on the front garden which all three dogs immediately attacked. Both men were sentenced to two months in prison. Magistrates ordered all equipment recovered by police to be destroyed and disqualified both men from owning a dog for three years. The three dogs had since been found new homes by the police.


Name - Atkinson David

Address - King Edwards Crescent, Oxford, Leeds

In court 10/10/95

Charges dropped

Magistrates - Dublin

Age/D.O.B - 38

Also charged - Graham Evans and Paul Cunningham

Notes - All three were freed after charges of cruelly treating and causing unnecessary suffering to three terriers were dismissed. They were arrested on 9/10/95 at Dublin's North Wall ferry terminal after a tip-off. Judge Desmond Hogan ruled the charges had been incorrectly brought, as they did not specify where the offence took place. "As far as I am concerned they could have taken place on the moon" he said. Three dogs with horrific injuries had to be put down "on humane grounds" one had its lower jaw torn and this had become infected; another was blind; while a number had pus coming from their mouths, as well as deep lacerations to the face. Four surviving dogs, which included a six week old pup, were moved to a secret location.


Name - Atkinson Terrance

Address - Malvern Crescent, Seaham

In court 20/11/87

Not guilty

Magistrates - Hexham

Age/D.O.B - 23

Also charged - Alan Bell, William Rochester and Jeffrey Hepple

Notes - Caught April 86. Travelled 30 miles to the reservoir. Found not guilty of digging for badgers, they said they were after foxes, all given £7 expenses.

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