North West Hunt Saboteurs

Badger Baiters - B

Name - Baines Kevin

Address - Fackley Road, Sutton-in-Ashfield

Convicted - 15/5/84 and appealed 13/12/84

Fine - £500 and £236 costs, fine cut at appeal to £250 and ordered to pay a further £100 costs

Magistrates - Alfreton and Derby Crown Court

Age/D.O.B - 31

Also convicted - Philip Harrison, Lewis Edwards, Paul Cartwright and David Morris

Notes - All found guilty of attempting to injure or take a badger from a sett and digging for badgers. Caught July 1883. All defended by Mr John Winch, they all said they were looking for badgers.


Name - Baker Stephen

Address - Overpool Road, Ellesmere Port

Convicted - 27/7/02

Fine - six week in jail

Magistrates - Wallasey

Age/D.O.B - 38

Also convicted - Stephen Butler and Stephen Fowell

Notes - Three men accused of hunting badgers with dogs lied under oath in a tale concocted to protect themselves Wallasey magistrates heard on 12/7/02. Stephen Baker (38) of Overpool Road, Ellesmere Port, Stephen Butler (30) of Cedar Gardens, Queensferry, and Stephen Fowell (30) of Whitfield Street, Tranmere are accused of badger digging on farmland in Pensby. Prosecutors alleged they fled the scene when officers approached, leaving a dog trapped underground in a badger sett. The trio deny the charges, saying they ran away because they knew they were trespassing. They admitted trespassing on the land up to three times to rescue the dog. The prosecution old the court how the three men, who are not members of recognised terrier clubs, failed to take warnings about possible badger activity on the site. "To hunt on a piece of land, you must obey rules. "You firstly must obtain written permission to hunt, be a member of a working terrier club, be able to identify badger sites on the land and give reliable evidence of your name and address, if stopped by the police. "What you are telling the court today is nonsense because you were there to try to get a badger." The men claimed that they had been interested in visiting the land to hunt for rats, rabbits and a fox. Baker told the court how he had been familiar with the area of land and had been intrigued by fox holes he had found on a previous visit. "I went to the land because there was a nice fox earth there. I could tell by the size of the hole and it stank of fox," he said. "I checked the hole first and then the dog went down it "I am more interested in foxes and rats than badgers. I am not a badger baiter and have even worked with Clwyd Badger Group." Baker then told how he was forced to dig the hole when he found that the terrier was missing. He said: "I tried using my locator and put my arm in to the hole. I was a few inches away, it was so frustrating. I then decided to dig the dog out." The dog was recovered three hours later by officers in a hole on the other side of the field. No signs of fox activity were found at the location. The men were remanded on unconditional bail. On 15/7/02 and witness called The Reverend and Worshipful Professor Doctor Barry Peachey ( dressed as a priest in a bid to appear more creditable) was called as a defence witness. On 27/7/02 Stephen Baker, Stephen Butler and Stephen Fowell were found guilty of badger digging. All three men had pleaded not guilty to the charges.

On 20/8/02 Stephen Baker (38) of Overpool Road, Ellesmere Port, Stephen Butler (30) of Cedar Gardens, Queensferry, and Stephen Fowell (30) of Whitfield Street, Tranmere were found guilty of badger digging and of interfering with a badger sett, they were also sentenced to six weeks to run concurrently. The judge also banned the trio from owning a dog for three years.


Name - Bales Albert

Address - Windy Bank Estate, High Town, Liversedge

Convicted - 4/4/89

Fine - £400 and £67 costs

Magistrates - Uttoxeter

Age/D.O.B - 51

Also convicted - Thomas Turner and Alan Webster

Notes - Found guilty of digging for badgers and attempting to take a badger. Barry Peachy gave evidence for the defence. Mr Charles Auld defended both of them.


Name - Ball Alan

Address - St Ratigunds Road, Dover

Convicted - ?

Fine - £600 and £50 costs

Magistrates - Dover

Age/D.O.B - 26

Also convicted - Stephen Hutchinson and Ian Tull

Notes - Caught 31/10. All found guilty of digging for badgers. Ian Tull failed to show up in court and sent a sick note which the court refused to accept.


Name - Barry Martin

Address - The Avenue, Gouilon, Abergavenny

Convicted - 24/8/88

Fine - £150 and £50 costs

Magistrates - Gloucester

Age/D.O.B - 25

Also convicted - Trevor Barry (brother)

Notes - Both found guilty of cruelty to a fox. A policeman watched on as five dogs ripped a fox to pieces for ten minutes. Trevor Barry also has a conviction for badger offences in the Forest of Dean.


Name - Barry Trevor and Martin

Address - Ridge Cottage, Llamfoist, Abergavenny

Convicted - 24/8/88

Fine - Trevor - £200 and £50 costs, Martin - £150 and £50 costs

Magistrates - Gloucester

Age/D.O.B - Trevor 37, Martin 25

Also convicted -

Notes - They were both found guilty of cruelty to a fox. The fox was held up by its tail by Trevor Barry while five dogs (three terriers and two Lurchers) savaged it, this lasted for ten minutes. After the dogs tired he picked up a branch and clubbed the fox to death. Trevor Barry said he has been catching foxes for 25 years and selling their skins to a fur company, claimed there was no mark on the fox except a lump on its head where he hit it. Trevor Barry also has a conviction for badger dogging offences in the Forest of Dean 2/7/88.


Name - Barry Trevor Noel

Address - 5 Bridge Cottages, Llanfoist, Abergavenny

Convicted - 2/7/88 and appealed and lost 9/11/88

Fine - £520 and £103.36 costs and after the appeal the fine was increased by £100.

Magistrates - Coleford

Age/D.O.B - 38

Also convicted - Alone

Notes - Found guilty of digging for badgers. (Barry Peachy gave evidence for the defence.) At his appeal Barry said when he was caught he had a sack of fox cubs which he reared and sold to the Monmouthshire Hunt based near Llanover, who fed them up for hunting. Mr Glyn Powell of the hunt said the allegations were "totally and absolutely not true".


Name - Barski Kevin

Address - Scott Close, Oswaldtwistle

Convicted - ?

Fine - £10 and £2 costs

Magistrates - Knutsford

Age/D.O.B -

Also convicted - William Dewhurst, James Swindlehurst, William Addison 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 - Bebbington Paul Anthony

Address - 146 Ruskin Road, Crewe

Convicted - Late 86 and appealed 27/3/87

Fine - £1000 and £30 costs and 24 weeks youth custody for theft of seven canaries, the fine was cut to £200 at appeal

Magistrates - Crewe and Mold Crown Court

Age/D.O.B - 20

Notes - Found guilty of injuring and ill-treating a badger. Had his three terriers taken away. Long record of theft of birds and other animals over the past seven years. Mr Andrew Henderson defended him. Judge Eifion Roberts was at Mold Crown Court, he said Bebbington could have his three terriers back.


Name - Beecroft John

Address - Haywood Farm, Westbury, Shrewsbury

Convicted - 3/11/92

Fine - £800 and £300 costs

Magistrates - Shrewsbury

Age/D.O.B

Notes - Found guilty of using a poison (sodium cyanide) on his land to kill badgers. Defended by Mr John Lasserty. He said he was trying to kill foxes.


Name - Bell Alan

Address - Malvern Crescent, Seaham

In court 20/11/87

Not guilty

Magistrates - Hexham

Age/D.O.B - 23

Also charged - Terrance Atkinson, 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.


Name - Bennet Vincent

Address - Wheatfield Close, Fazakerley, Liverpool

Convicted - Appealed 11/11/82

Fine - £20 increased to £75 after the appeal

Magistrates - Wirral then Liverpool Crown Court

Age/D.O.B - 17

Notes - Caught 27/2/82. He said he was after foxes and rabbits. Found guilty of unlawfully attempting to take a badger.


Name - Billington John

Address - 63 Victoria Road, Garswood, Wigan

Convicted - 6/8/87

Fine - £200 and £25 costs

Magistrates - Macclesfield

Age/D.O.B - 21

Also convicted - Mark Tempest, Peter Noon, Thomas Cunliffe and David Boffey

Notes - All found guilty of attempting to take a badger and digging for badgers. They were fined £100 on each charge. Defended by Mr Richard Heap.


Name - Bingham Neil Keith

Address - Pateley Moor Crescent, Darlington

Convicted - 30/7/96

Fine - £1,000 and £470 costs

Magistrates - Northallerton

Age/D.O.B - 24

Notes - The court heard how a local had visited the sett in January 1996 while out walking one evening and noticed a van parked nearby with cages and spades in the back. Dog noises could be heard coming from the sett and he also noticed the top had been disturbed. The police were then called. When the police arrived they saw three men walking towards a wood. Later on Bingham approached a PC at the scene and said he was looking for his dog. Michael Wilson, defending, said Bingham had been out chasing foxes (there goes that old excuse again) with some friends when his dog had got trapped down a hole. He said Bingham did not know it was a badger sett and added "It was done unwittingly and he had full co-operated with the police". However, examination of the sett later had showed one entrance had been enlarged while two others had been blocked by lumps of concrete. A terrier that was found nearby after the incident had various wounds and scars in the nasal area. It is now in a safe RSPCA home. Bingham was fined £1,000 and ordered to pay £470 costs, banned from keeping dogs for 5 years and had all his equipment, including nets and tracking devices confiscated.


Name - Bird Mark

Address - Stevenage

In court - ?

Not guilty

Magistrates - Welwyn

Age/D.O.B - 27

Also charged - Anthony McLaughlin

Notes - There were both seen going into the woods with terriers and spades by a keen naturalist. But found not guilty because no badger hairs could be found on any of their equipment/terriers. After the court case they said they would still hunt foxes but with a proper hunt.


Name - Birt Michael

Address - Rossendale

In court 19/2/88

Not guilty

Magistrates - Market Drayton

Age/D.O.B - 21

Also charged - John Settle

Notes - Caught 30/5/87. The land owner Mr Irvine told the court he only let people on the land to kill foxes, and last year they killed 125.


Name - Blackledge Paul Norman (Official contact for the F & M.W.T.C. mid Lancs area - Shooting News 2/8 June 1989. New contact now Mick Courtney Shooting news 17/23 April 1992.

Address - 103 Blackburn Road, Great Harwood, Blackburn

Convicted - 27/1/90

Fine - 4 months and £2000 fine or 2 days in prison.

Magistrates - Market Drayton

Age/D.O.B - 28

Also convicted - Steven Fishwick, Gordon Grimshaw, David Travis and Sean Nightingale

Notes - Found guilty of attempting to dig a badger and digging a badger, also causing unnecessary suffering to dogs. Banned from keeping dogs for 10 years. All the terriers had skin infections. The day after the incident the farmer Mr William Towers said 3 men asked him to sign a piece of paper saying he gave them permission to dig on his land. Also banned from keeping dogs for life.


Name - Blakeman Keith

Address - Friar Road, West Heath, Birmingham

Convicted - 9/12/95

Fine - 50 hours community service and £750 costs

Magistrates - Redditch

Age/D.O.B - 25

Also convicted - Mark Hadley

Notes - Both were found guilty of interfering with a badger sett. They were caught 12/2/95. They were found by police digging at a hole, but both claimed they were trying to get a dog out that had gone down it. It was claimed in court that the RSPCA had political motives in prosecuting the two men, as it was part of the charity's opposition to fieldsports. Both defended by Richard Griffiths.


Name - Boffey David

Address - 2 Barton Street, Goldbourne, Wigan

Convicted - 6/8/87

Fine - £200 and £25 costs

Magistrates - Macclesfield

Age/D.O.B - 25

Also convicted - Mark Tempest, John Billington, Peter Noon and Thomas Cundliffe

Notes - All found guilty of attempting to take a badger and digging for badgers. They were fined £100 on each charge. Defended by Mr Richard Heap.


Name - Bottom Peter Alfred (member of Rother Valley Working Terrier Club)

Address - 15 Blythe Close, Whiston, Rotherham

Convicted - 7/5/87

Fine - £100 and £165 costs

Magistrates - Rotherham

Age/D.O.B - 22

Also convicted - Morris Cornthwaite, Alan Green, David Watson, Thomas Eyre and Roy Winfindale

Notes - All found guilty of digging for badgers. A charge of attempting to kill a badger was dropped.


Name - Bottom Peter Alfred (member of Rother Valley Working Terrier Club)

Address - 15 Bltyhe Close, Whiston, Rotherham

Convicted - 15/6/87

Fine - £500 and £28.35 costs

Magistrates - Renishaw

Age/D.O.B - 20/8/64

Also convicted - Alan Green and Morris Cornthwaite

Notes - Caught 20/12/86. All pleaded guilty to digging for badgers. They also have a conviction for badger offences from May 87. The same sett was the subject of a digging case on 12/4/85. See Howard Carr.


Name - Bowie Colin

Address - Glennorth, Banteer, Co Cork

Acguitted - 1/5/02

Fine -

Magistrates - Kanturk District Court

Age/D.O.B -

Also charged - none

Notes - An accusation of badger-baiting was dismissed on 1/5/02 after a District Court judge said that the incorrect date was specified in the charges. The judge dismissed the charge against Colin Bowie of Glennorth, Banteer, Co Cork at Kanturk District Court, after animal welfare inspector described the condition of a Fell terrier who had lost half its lower jaw and large areas of flesh as among the worst he had seen in 32 years as an inspector. Police found 22 dogs in kennels behind Bowie's house. The court heard that four Fell terriers were found in be in a particularly appalling condition. One dog had more than 30 injury or bite marks on it and had lost part of its lower jaw. Bowie claimed that he was out hunting when his terrier had gone into what he presumed was a fox den. However, he realised that a badger must have been in the hole when the dog emerged bearing terrible injuries.


Name - Bowwerdale Lawerence

Address - Seaview Place, Cleator Moor

Convicted - 21/3/89

Fine - £120

Magistrates - Whitehaven

Age/D.O.B - Aged 24

Notes - Caught poaching hares


Name - Bradder John

Address - Daylands Avenue, Conisborough

Convicted - 30/7/84

Fine - £150 and £135 costs

Magistrates - Chesterfield

Age/D.O.B - 24

Also convicted - Trevor Jackson, Terence Calladine and David Walker

Notes - They all said they were after foxes. All found guilty of attempting to take a badger, accept David Walker who pleaded guilty, so only £20 costs.


Name - Bradley Martin Jeffery

Address - Lincoln Road, Sidemoor, Bromsgrove

Convicted - 26/2/87 and appealed 19/5/87

Fine - £400 and £100 costs cut in half at appeal

Magistrates - Bromsgrove and Worcester Crown Court

Age/D.O.B - 25

Also convicted - John Collins, Mark Poyser and John Whitehouse

Notes - All found guilty of attempting to take a badger and digging for a badger. Defended by Amanda Pittaway and Nick Doherty. Bradleys dog Toby was forfeited. At appeal Judge Michael Mott cut their fines in half on a legal technicality after agreeing they should have been fined for one charge not two. Bradley also asked for his dog back, but was refused.


Name - Bradley Mark

Address - Birmingham

Convicted - 28/2/01 sentenced on 28/2/01

Fine - £150 plus £50 costs

Magistrates - Nuneaton

Age/D.O.B -

Also convicted - Ian O'Loughlin

Notes - On the 28/2/01 at Nuneaton magistrates Ian O'Loughlin and Mark Bradley, both from Birmingham, were found guilty of interfering with a badger sett by entering a dog into it. On 28/3/01 they were sentenced to pay a fine of £150 each plus £50 costs.


Name - Bradley Martin

Address - 88 Charford Road, Charford, Bromsgrove

Convicted - 9/2/96

Fine - 6 months and £500 costs

Magistrates - Redditch

Age/D.O.B - 29

Also convicted -Darren Hattersley

Notes - Caught February 1995. Bradley admitted cruelty to a badger, attempting to take a badger and two charges of putting his dogs at risk. Whilst they were digging for badgers a local spotted them and phoned the police, When they realised they were being watched they both ran off, but were arrested nearby. A badger cub was found dead at the sett and five injured terriers were also recovered. Mark Anderson defended Bradley and Steven Cooper defended Hattersley. They said they were after foxes and did not realise that a badger was in the hole.


Name - Bradshaw David Stephen

Address - 25 Blackstone Road, Chorley

Convicted - First in court on 3/8/90, then 5/12/90.

Fine - ?

Magistrates - Telford

Age/D.O.B - 26

Also charged - Thomas Mercer, Stephen Fishwick

Notes - Charged with attempting to dig for a badger, digging for a badger and ill-treating a badger. Mercer also faces four charges of aiding and abetting Bradshaw and Fishwick to commit cruelty offences.


Name - Brewster Gary

Address - Grange Road, Bowers Gifford

In court 18/3/88

Not guilty

Magistrates - Brentwood

Age/D.O.B - 25

Also charged - Steven Peck and Wayne Marney

Notes - Caught 12/86. Found not guilty of digging for badgers. Mr Barry Gilbert defended all three.


Name - Brian Paul

Address - Brynllywarch, Maesteg

Convicted - Spring 1995

Fine - ?

Magistrates - Tenby

Age/D.O.B - 31

Also convicted - John Hill, Andrew Mullahy and Brian James

Notes - All pleaded guilty to digging for badgers.


Name - Britnall Robert

Address - Devonshire Place, Handbridge

Convicted - 4/11/77

Fine - £6

Magistrates - Chester

Age/D.O.B - 35

Also convicted - Edward Dry and John Jackson

Notes - Found guilty of digging for badgers and three offences of not having a dog licence


Name - Brocklehurst John

Address - Waverley Avenue, Appleton, Warrington

Convicted - Due to appear in court 26/9/87

Fine -

Magistrates - Warrington

Age/D.O.B - 26

Also charged - Stephen Rawlings, Peter Daley and Allen Harrison

Notes - Charged with attempting to kill, injure or take a badger.


Name - Broderick Jason Ronald

Address -109 Ramney Drive, Enfield Lock

Convicted - 2/6/87

Fine - £200 and £20 costs

Magistrates - Epping

Age/D.O.B - 9/12/69

Also convicted - Sean Kingham and James Tomlin

Notes - Caught 7/2/87. Found guilty of attempting to kill, injure or take a badger. Anthony Beaumont of 14 Ramney Drive, Enfield Lock was discharged , being 15 years old, it appears he was unaware of what was going on.


Name - Brooks Stephen Robert

Address - Wilkinson Road, Bolton

Convicted - 8/10/92

Fine - 6 weeks

Magistrates - Blackburn

Age/D.O.B - 31

Also charged - Philip David Parton (had his charges dropped)

Notes - Found guilty of attempting to take a badger, and interfering with a badger sett. He was also banned from keeping dogs for two years. Defended by Richard Carter. Brooks said he was after foxes and rabbits.


Name - Brown Ivan

Address - Leenview Court, Bulwel, Nottingham

Convicted - 8/2/91

Fine - £175

Magistrates - Nottingham

Age/D.O.B - 27

Also convicted - Paul Walker, Neil Hickling and Thomas Eaton

Notes - All found guilty of digging for badgers. Caught 28/11/90. They said they were after foxes. They were all defended by Granville Rooley.


Name - Brown Vernon Thomas

Address - 44 Rutland Road, Tyldesley

Convicted - 20/8/87 and appealed

Fine - £500 and £150 costs fine reduced to £250 at appeal

Magistrates - Vale Royal and Knutsford Crown Court

Age/D.O.B - 27

Also convicted - Gerald Treanor, Leslie Mountford and Anthony Concannon

Notes - They claimed they were hunting for rabbits. Found guilty of badger baiting. Judge Geoffery Kilfoil was at Knutsford Crown Court.


Name - Bryant Andrew (ice cream salesman)

Address - Redhill

Convicted - 10/7/86

Fine - £500 and £40.75 costs

Magistrates - Bromley

Age/D.O.B - 28

Also convicted - Hamish McKenzie

Notes - Caught mid Feb. 86. They said they were hunting rabbits. Rudi Fortson defended them. A third person unknown got away. They were found guilty of hunting for badgers, and a charge of digging for badgers was dismissed.


Name - Buckley John David

Address - Northway, Orford, Warrington

Convicted - ?

Fine - £30 and £30 costs

Magistrates - Runcorn

Age/D.O.B - 19

Also convicted - David Prescott, Michael West and Brian Horrocks

Notes - Caught 9/1/?. They were all found guilty of attempting to take a badger. They said they were after foxes.


Name - Bullock Simon (Former kennel man with Sir Watkins Williams Wynn, also Chairman of F. & M.W.T.C. North Wales ED-RD 22 February 1994)

Address - Kennel Cottage, Pen-y-Llan, Ruabon, Wrexham

Convicted - 6/9/94

Fine - 3 months for each charge and £100 costs

Magistrates - Redditch

Age/D.O.B - 30

Also convicted - Robert Hicks

Notes - Caught 5/12/93. They were both found guilty of interfering with a badger sett and sending a dog down the sett (3 months for each charge, to run consecutively). They claimed they were after foxes.


Name - Buoey Colin (council bricklayer)

Address - 1 College View, Bootle, Liverpool

Convicted - 25/9/93 and sentenced 23/11/93

Fine - 180 hours community service

Magistrates - Mold

Age/D.O.B - 20

Also convicted - Stephen Maxwell and Anthony Culley

Notes - Caught 17/1/93. Found guilty of attempting to take a badger and interfering with a badger sett and causing un-necessary suffering to two dogs. They said they were digging for foxes. Banned from keeping dogs for 5 years. Maxwell and Culley have previous convictions for badger offences.


Name - Burgess Christopher

Address - Garret Avenue, Ravensdale, Mansfield

In court 22/10/87 (see below)

Not guilty

Magistrates - Nottingham

Age/D.O.B - 20

Also charged - Andrew Holmes and Gary Morley

Notes - Caught 13/2/87. Found not guilty of digging for badgers. But they were found guilty of trespassing for rabbits without a licence and each fined £40. Holmes at the time of the court case was serving a sentence for assault. All three have pervious conviction for badger offences.


Name - Burgess Christopher John

Address - Sanders Avenue, Mansfield

Convicted - 27/1/88

Fine - £500. and £165 costs (see below)

Magistrates - Loughborough

Age/D.O.B - 21

Also convicted - Andrew Holmes and Gary Morley

Notes - All found guilty of attempting to take a badger and digging for a badger. £250 for each charge. They said they were after rabbits.


Name - Burgess Christopher

Address - Ravensdale, Mansfield

Convicted - 19/2/88

Fine - £700 and £30 costs

Magistrates - Chesterfield

Age/D.O.B - 21

Also convicted - Gary Morley and Keith Greasley

Notes - Morley and Burgess have previous convictions for badgers related offences. Burgess pleaded guilty to killing two badgers, keeping a dog without a licence and the theft of a dog in August 87. Morley pleaded guilty to killing two badgers, keeping two dogs without a licence and failing to surrender to bail. Greasley pleaded guilty to killing two badgers, keeping two dogs without a licence and three other motoring offences. Mr Peter Jones defended Burgess and Morley, Greasley was defended by Mr John Turner.


Name - Burgess Christopher

Address - Sanders Avenue, Ravendale, Mansfield

Convicted - 28/4/88

Fine - £600 and £120 costs

Magistrates - Newark

Age/D.O.B - 21

Also convicted - Neil Lowery, Andrew Holmes and Gary Morley

Notes - Holmes, Morley and Burgess have previous convictions for badger related offences. Found guilty of two offences of digging for badgers on 21/2/87 and 1/3/87. They said they were after foxes.


Name - Burgess Martin

Address - 9 Edward Street, Hartshorne, Burton-on-Trent

Convicted - 16/2/89

Fine - £500 (£250 for each offence) and £100 costs

Magistrates - Coalville

Age/D.O.B - 28

Also convicted - Michael Holland, Sean Davies, Ivor Harrison and Stephen Holland

Notes - Caught 3/4/88. All found guilty of attempting to take a badger and digging for a badger. They all said they were after foxes


Name - Burgo Spencer William

Address - 5 Trinity Buildings, North Shields

Convicted - 16/11/95

Fine - 12 months conditional discharge and £100 costs

Magistrates - South East Northumberland

Age/D.O.B - 25

Also convicted - Mark Templeton and Mark Graham

Notes - All pleaded guilty to interfering with a badger sett, they were caught 25/10/94. A local farmer became suspicious when he noticed four men on a railway embankment, as he knew there was a badger sett. The police were called and they were watched for a few minutes, then four men started walking towards them carrying a pole or stick. They also had a lurcher and two terriers. All defended by Tony Malia, he said Burgo was keen on hunting foxes and rabbits.


Name - Burton Andrew Leslie

Address - Lings Farm, Rempstone

In court 23/12/83

Not guilty

Magistrates - Nottingham

Age/D.O.B - Aged 37

Also charged - Brian Cupit, William Napier and Andrew Osbourne

Notes - Caught 24/4/83. All found guilty of 24 offences. Shaw and Cupit were found guilty of injuring a badger, attempting to take a badger, using metal tongues to take a badger, digging for a badger, using a dog to hunt for a badger, cruelty to animals and badger fighting. They were fined £150 on each badger charge, and £50 for each charge of cruelty to a badger. Napier and Osbourne were fined £100 on each of the above charges and £50 on the cruelty charges. A fifth person Mr Brian Burton of Lings Farm, Rempstone was found not guilty of the above and awarded costs of £1000.


Name - Burton Lee Robert

Address - Tower Road, Hartshorne

Convicted - 23/3/99

Fine - 2 months

Magistrates - Coalville

Age/D.O.B - 25

Also convicted - Richard Alan Atkins

Notes - Two men found guilty of digging for a badger in farm land near Ibstock 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. The pair were spotted in a field at Ibstock. 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 - Butcher James (Terrier man with Suffolk and Essex Foxhounds)

Address - Hunt Kennels, Overbury Hall Road, Lower Lytham, Hadleigh

Convicted - 15-17/5/91

Fine - £500 and £500 costs

Magistrates - Newport

Age/D.O.B - 25

Also convicted - Stephen Hill

Notes - Both found guilty of digging for badgers. Convicted on evidence from undercover work by the RSPCA. They said they were after foxes.


Name - Butler Anthony Mark

Address - 325 Sutton Way, Sutton, Ellesmere Port

In court 31/1/89

Fine -

Magistrates - Chester

Age/D.O.B - 20

Also charged - Neil Hughes and Simon Howard

Notes - Caught 21/2/88


Name - Butler Shaun (member of Durham and Northumberland Terrier Club)

Address - 16 Orr Avenue, Silksworth, Sunderland

Convicted - 6/3/86

Fine - £150 and £26.80 costs

Magistrates - Derwentside

Age/D.O.B - 22

Also convicted - Lawrence Owens

Notes - Caught 12/12/85. Found guilty of attempting to kill, injure or take a badger. Both defended by Mr Terry Robson.


Name - Butler Stephen

Address - Cedar Gardens, Queensferry

Convicted - 27/7/02

Fine - six week in jail

Magistrates - Wallasey

Age/D.O.B - 30

Also convicted - Stephen Baker and Stephen Fowell

Notes - Three men accused of hunting badgers with dogs lied under oath in a tale concocted to protect themselves Wallasey magistrates heard on 12/7/02. Stephen Baker (38) of Overpool Road, Ellesmere Port, Stephen Butler (30) of Cedar Gardens, Queensferry, and Stephen Fowell (30) of Whitfield Street, Tranmere are accused of badger digging on farmland in Pensby. Prosecutors alleged they fled the scene when officers approached, leaving a dog trapped underground in a badger sett. The trio deny the charges, saying they ran away because they knew they were trespassing. They admitted trespassing on the land up to three times to rescue the dog. The prosecution old the court how the three men, who are not members of recognised terrier clubs, failed to take warnings about possible badger activity on the site. "To hunt on a piece of land, you must obey rules. "You firstly must obtain written permission to hunt, be a member of a working terrier club, be able to identify badger sites on the land and give reliable evidence of your name and address, if stopped by the police. "What you are telling the court today is nonsense because you were there to try to get a badger." The men claimed that they had been interested in visiting the land to hunt for rats, rabbits and a fox. Baker told the court how he had been familiar with the area of land and had been intrigued by fox holes he had found on a previous visit. "I went to the land because there was a nice fox earth there. I could tell by the size of the hole and it stank of fox," he said. "I checked the hole first and then the dog went down it "I am more interested in foxes and rats than badgers. I am not a badger baiter and have even worked with Clwyd Badger Group." Baker then told how he was forced to dig the hole when he found that the terrier was missing. He said: "I tried using my locator and put my arm in to the hole. I was a few inches away, it was so frustrating. I then decided to dig the dog out." The dog was recovered three hours later by officers in a hole on the other side of the field. No signs of fox activity were found at the location. The men were remanded on unconditional bail. On 15/7/02 and witness called The Reverend and Worshipful Professor Doctor Barry Peachey ( dressed as a priest in a bid to appear more creditable) was called as a defence witness. On 27/7/02 Stephen Baker, Stephen Butler and Stephen Fowell were found guilty of badger digging. All three men had pleaded not guilty to the charges.

On 20/8/02 Stephen Baker (38) of Overpool Road, Ellesmere Port, Stephen Butler (30) of Cedar Gardens, Queensferry, and Stephen Fowell (30) of Whitfield Street, Tranmere were found guilty of badger digging and of interfering with a badger sett, they were also sentenced to six weeks to run concurrently. The judge also banned the trio from owning a dog for three years.

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