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Name - Eaton Simon

Address - N.F.A.

In court 5/12/90

Not guilty of putting dogs down a badger sett

Magistrates - Leamington

Age/D.O.B - 22

Also charged - Jason Rheams and Dennis Mannix.

Notes - Caught 8/2/90.


Name - Eaton Thomas

Address - No fixed address

Convicted - 8/2/91

Fine - £175

Magistrates - Nottingham

Age/D.O.B - 26

Also convicted - Paul Walker, Ivan Brown and Neil Hickling

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 - Edge Peter

Address - Hilbre Bank, Alpraham, Tarporley

Found not guilty

Magistrates - Northwich

Age/D.O.B - 28

Also caught - John Charles Kneale

Notes - Both walked free from Northwich magistrates on 31/10/97 after magistrates decided there was no case to answer over allegations of badger digging. Both were charged with disturbing a badger sett and causing a dog to enter a badger sett at High Billinge near Tarporley after the Cheshire Foxhounds had passed over the land earlier the same day in February 1997. The farmer who owned the land said "I was approached by Kneale, he said a fox had run to ground during the hunt and would it be all right to dig it out. I gave him permission. I didn't know they were going near where the badger sett." They were then seen digging at the sett by forest workers, who then rang a badger protection group to report them.


Name - Edward Lewis

Address - Cross Lane, Huthwaite, Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottingham

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 - 38

Also convicted - Philip Harrison, Kevin Baines, 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 - Edwards David William

Address - Roughcoat Lane, Cavershall, Stoke-On-Trent

Convicted - 15/1/97

Fine - See below

Magistrates - Nottingham

Age/D.O.B - 48

Also convicted - Nicholas Grooby, Gary Pearson and Mark Hulme

Notes - All found guilty by Nottingham Magistrates on 15/1/97 of attempting to take a badger, digging for badgers and interfering with a badger sett, after being caught on 16/11/95. The court heard how they were spotted by a local gamekeeper who had watched them digging at a well known badger sett. One of them had a dog locator scanner while another was poking a large metal spike into the ground. On 20/2/97 they were all sentenced to four months for attempting to take a badger, two months for digging for badgers and two months for interfering with a badger sett. All sentences are to run concurrently. They were also banned from keeping animals for 5 years. All were released on bail pending an appeal. Following the appeal in July they all had their sentences reduced to 120 hours community service plus costs of either £400 or £500.


Name - Edwards Donald Keith

Address - Cysgod y Coleg, Bala

Acquitted - 27/2/01

Fine -

Magistrates - Dolgellau

Age/D.O.B - 44

Also charged - Tony Edwards, Gerrard Gary Daniel Stanley, John Garreth Griffiths, David William Thomas and William Evans

Notes - On 27/2/02 Dolgellau magistrates heard about six men who were found allegedly digging a badgers' sett in a wood. They were accompanied by a dozen dogs. The men told police they were digging for a fox which had gone to ground. They denied all charges. The court heard that two dogs were seen trying to get into a tunnel at the bottom of the hole and a squealing noise could be heard. When one of the dogs, a terrier, was pulled out of the tunnel it was heavily bloodstained and had badger hairs in its mouth. The six were: Tony Edwards (27) of Grimshaw Lane, Ormskirk; Gerrard Gary Daniel Stanley (38) of Cloucas Gardens, Ormskirk; John Garreth Griffiths (34) of Ty'n Llwyd Terrace, Trawsfynydd; Donald Keith Edwards (44) of Cysgod y Coleg, Bala; David William Thomas (36) of Old Tan y Banc, Penrhynndeudraeth; and William Evans (40) of Pengwndwn, Blaenau Ffestiniog. Tony Edwards was also found not guilty of an additional charge of causing unnecessary cruelty to his Lakeland terrier. Donald Keith Edwards said he had seen a fox enter one of the holes in the area. All six told the court they were hunting for foxes and denied they had visited the site to dig for badgers. David Thomas, who farms at his mother's farm at Blaenau Ffestiniog, told the court: "I've got no interest in digging for badgers. "Why should I go all the way to Llanfrothen when I've got badgers on my own farm?" William Evans said outside court: "I'm glad it's over and our names have now been cleared. "The boys hunt every week and have been doing it for 20 years and we want to carry on hunting."


Name - Edwards Gary (terriermen for the Fitzwilliam Hunt)

Address - Milton Estate, near Bretton, Peterborough

Acguitted - 29/10/01

Fine -

Magistrates - Peterborough

Age/D.O.B -

Also convicted - Cyril Smith

Notes - Two hunt employees accused of interfering with badger setts by the RSPCA have had the case against them dismissed. Gary Edwards who lives on the Milton Estate, near Bretton, Peterborough and Cyril Smith Oakham, near Stamford both work as terriermen for the Fitzwilliam Hunt, had been accused of illegally blocking the holes or damaging a sett. But on 29/10/01 they were acquitted at Peterborough magistrates after the RSPCA said it did not have enough evidence to carry on. George Bowyer, joint-master of the Fitzwilliam Hunt, which is based at Milton Hall, near Bretton, Peterborough, said the RSPCA had never had a case against the men and condemned its decision to bring charges. My men have always been innocent but their names have been blackened.


Name - Edwards Tony

Address - Grimshaw Lane, Ormskirk

Acquitted - 27/2/01

Fine -

Magistrates - Dolgellau

Age/D.O.B - 27

Also charged - Gerrard Gary Daniel Stanley, John Garreth Griffiths, Donald Keith Edwards, David William Thomas and William Evans

Notes - On 27/2/02 Dolgellau magistrates heard about six men who were found allegedly digging a badgers' sett in a wood. They were accompanied by a dozen dogs. The men told police they were digging for a fox which had gone to ground. They denied all charges. The court heard that two dogs were seen trying to get into a tunnel at the bottom of the hole and a squealing noise could be heard. When one of the dogs, a terrier, was pulled out of the tunnel it was heavily bloodstained and had badger hairs in its mouth. The six were: Tony Edwards (27) of Grimshaw Lane, Ormskirk; Gerrard Gary Daniel Stanley (38) of Cloucas Gardens, Ormskirk; John Garreth Griffiths (34) of Ty'n Llwyd Terrace, Trawsfynydd; Donald Keith Edwards (44) of Cysgod y Coleg, Bala; David William Thomas (36) of Old Tan y Banc, Penrhynndeudraeth; and William Evans (40) of Pengwndwn, Blaenau Ffestiniog. Tony Edwards was also found not guilty of an additional charge of causing unnecessary cruelty to his Lakeland terrier. Donald Keith Edwards said he had seen a fox enter one of the holes in the area. All six told the court they were hunting for foxes and denied they had visited the site to dig for badgers. David Thomas, who farms at his mother's farm at Blaenau Ffestiniog, told the court: "I've got no interest in digging for badgers. "Why should I go all the way to Llanfrothen when I've got badgers on my own farm?" William Evans said outside court: "I'm glad it's over and our names have now been cleared. "The boys hunt every week and have been doing it for 20 years and we want to carry on hunting."


Name - Eedy Christopher

Address - William Street, Trethomas

Convicted - 4/10/85

Fine - £250 and £50 costs

Magistrates - Narberth

Age/D.O.B -

Also convicted - Jeffrey Elliot and Kenneth Harper

Notes - Caught 23/12/84. At the time of his conviction Elliot was terrier man for the Gelligaer Farmers Foxhunt. Found guilty of attempting to dig for badgers. They had ten terriers between them at their time of arrest.


Name - Elliot Jeffrey David (Ex hunt terrier man)

Address - Tawelfryn Estate, Nantgarw

Convicted - 4/10/85

Fine - £250 and £50 costs

Magistrates - Narberth

Age/D.O.B - 25

Also convicted - Christopher Eedy and Kenneth Harper

Notes - Caught 23/12/84. At the time of his conviction Elliot was terrier man for the Gelligaer Farmers Foxhunt. Found guilty of attempting to dig for badgers. They had ten terriers between them at their time of arrest.


Name - Ellison James (Admitted in court being a member of Lancashire and Cumbrian Fell Packs)

Address - Anderton Street or 39 Foster Street, Chorley

Convicted - In court 25/8/83

Fine - £80 and £20 costs

Magistrates - Appleby

Age/D.O.B - 25

Also convicted - Peter Doey and Andrew Cutherbertson

Notes - Caught 16/5/83. Found guilty of unlawfully digging for badgers. Ellison also has a conviction for cruelty and dog fighting offences. At Chorley Magistrates, he was jailed for 3 months and banned from keeping dogs for 5 years on 15/3/89.


Name - Elwine Neil

Address - Clive Road, Linthorpe, Middlesborough

Convicted - Winter 1993

Fine - £300 and £196 costs

Magistrates - Teesside

Age/D.O.B - 21

Also convicted - Peter Christion

Notes - Admitted to damaging a badger sett.


Name - Estranger Richard

Address - Holland Road, High Green, Sheffield

Convicted - 10/12/90

Fine - £150 and £100 costs

Magistrates - Sheffield

Age/D.O.B - Born 1968

Also convicted - Paul Thorpe

Notes -


Name - Evans Andrew

Address - Dowlais, Merthyr

Convicted - August 1986

Fine - ?

Magistrates - ?

Age/D.O.B -

Also convicted -?

Notes -


Name - Evans Graham

Address - ?

Convicted - 18/9/90

Fine - £400 and £140 costs

Magistrates - Crewe

Age/D.O.B -

Also convicted - Kevin Melody and Simon Camps

Notes -


Name - Evans Graham

Address - Higher Charge Villas, Todmorden

In court 10/10/95

Charges were dropped

Magistrates - Dublin

Age/D.O.B - 44

Also charged - Paul Cunningham and David Atkinson

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 - Evans Julian Mark

Address - 10 Donne Place, Blacon, Chester

Convicted - 3/7/87

Fine - £200 and £40 costs

Magistrates - Chester

Age/D.O.B - 24

Also convicted - David Whitley

Notes - Both were found guilty of attempting to take a badger, caught 19/10. There was also a third man present Darren Hickey who was later sent to prison on a separate charge. Evans also admitted driving to Tushingham while banned, for which he was ordered to do 120 hours community service, he also admitted to having no insurance, £50 fine and banned from driving for 18 months, plus 8 penalty points. Whitley admitted stealing £78.50 from a TV. rental firm. He had to do 80 hours community service and repay the £78.50.


Name - Evans William

Address - Pengwndwn, Blaenau

Acquitted - 27/2/01

Fine -

Magistrates - Dolgellau

Age/D.O.B - 36

Also charged - Tony Edwards, Gerrard Gary Daniel Stanley, John Garreth Griffiths, Donald Keith Edwards and David William Thomas

Notes - On 27/2/02 Dolgellau magistrates heard about six men who were found allegedly digging a badgers' sett in a wood. They were accompanied by a dozen dogs. The men told police they were digging for a fox which had gone to ground. They denied all charges. The court heard that two dogs were seen trying to get into a tunnel at the bottom of the hole and a squealing noise could be heard. When one of the dogs, a terrier, was pulled out of the tunnel it was heavily bloodstained and had badger hairs in its mouth. The six were: Tony Edwards (27) of Grimshaw Lane, Ormskirk; Gerrard Gary Daniel Stanley (38) of Cloucas Gardens, Ormskirk; John Garreth Griffiths (34) of Ty'n Llwyd Terrace, Trawsfynydd; Donald Keith Edwards (44) of Cysgod y Coleg, Bala; David William Thomas (36) of Old Tan y Banc, Penrhynndeudraeth; and William Evans (40) of Pengwndwn, Blaenau Ffestiniog. Tony Edwards was also found not guilty of an additional charge of causing unnecessary cruelty to his Lakeland terrier. Donald Keith Edwards said he had seen a fox enter one of the holes in the area. All six told the court they were hunting for foxes and denied they had visited the site to dig for badgers. David Thomas, who farms at his mother's farm at Blaenau Ffestiniog, told the court: "I've got no interest in digging for badgers. "Why should I go all the way to Llanfrothen when I've got badgers on my own farm?" William Evans said outside court: "I'm glad it's over and our names have now been cleared. "The boys hunt every week and have been doing it for 20 years and we want to carry on hunting."


Name - Eyles Mark David (Driver)

Address - Northfield Avenue, Rothwell, Leeds

Convicted - 25/8/87

Fine - £300 and £15 costs

Magistrates - Wetherby

Age/D.O.B - 22

Also convicted - Wayne Davies, Nigel Owen and Andrew Greyston

Notes - Wayne Davies has a conviction for badger digging already from 1984. The sett remained undisturbed until January when some digging took place, then on 8/3/87 their van was seen in the area. The following Sunday the farmer and police lay in wait from 6.45 am. Two hours later the van arrived, the police then waited a bit then found the four digging at the sett. Caught 15/3/87. All found guilty of trying to kill, injure or take badgers. A charge of digging for badgers was withdrawn by the prosecution. Mr Paul Fitzpatrick defended Davies and Mr David Cahill defended the other three.


Name - Eyre Edwin

Address - Nottingham Road, Trowell

Convicted - ?

Fine - £75

Magistrates - Nottingham

Age/D.O.B - Aged 44

Also convicted - Alone

Notes - Found guilty of possessing a live badger, he was trying to sell it to a member of the Frodsham Badger Group, a Mr Jeffrey Scott. Defended by Mr Ivor Bromwich.


Name - Eyre Thomas (member of Rother Valley Working Terrier Club)

Address - Monk Street, Dalton, Rotherham

Convicted - 7/5/87

Fine - £300 and £50 costs

Magistrates - Rotherham

Age/D.O.B - 39

Also convicted - Morris Cornthwaite, Peter Bottom, Alan Green, David Watson and Roy Winfindale

Notes - Eyre got a bigger fine than everybody else because he was the only one employed at the time. All found guilty of digging for badgers. A charge of attempting to kill a badger was dropped.

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