North West Hunt Saboteurs

Badger Baiters - R

Name - Rawlings Stephen

Address - Bruntleigh Avenue, Latchford, Warrington

Due to appear in court 26/9/87

Fine - ?

Magistrates - Warrington

Age/D.O.B - 23

Also charged - John Brocklehurst, Peter Daley and Allen Harrison

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


Name - Raymont Stephen John

Address - David Street, Kirby-in-Ashfield

Convicted - 20/11/85

Fine - £300 and £40 costs

Magistrates - Mansfield

Age/D.O.B - 21

Also convicted - David and Stephen Marriot and David Reast

Notes - All found guilty of attempting to take a badger, digging for a badger and ill-treating a badger. David Reast found guilty of attempting to take a badger and ill-treating a badger.


Name - Reast David Mark

Address - Beck Crescent

Convicted - 20/11/85

Fine - £200 and £40 costs

Magistrates - Mansfield

Age/D.O.B - 20

Also convicted - David and Stephen Marriot and Stephen Raymont

Notes - All found guilty of attempting to take a badger, digging for a badger and ill-treating a badger. David Reast found guilty of attempting to take a badger and ill-treating a badger.


Name - Rees Paul Lewis

Address - East Road, Tylorstown, Pontypridd

Convicted - 1986

Fine - £200 and £60 costs and a further £100 costs at the appeal

Magistrates - Narberth and Carmarthern Crown Court

Age/D.O.B - 20

Also convicted - Nigel Griffiths, Michael Lane, Gerald Durham and Carl Casey

Notes - All found guilty of attempting to take a badger. Mr Leighton Davies defended them all.


Name - Reid-Smith Clive (Self employed builder)

Address - Appledor Road, Mynachdy, Cardiff

Convicted - 17/6/89

Fine - £400 and £100 costs

Magistrates - Whitland

Age/D.O.B -

Also convicted - Vincent Newbury and Richard Jones

Notes - Caught 6/11/88. Gang was infiltrated by two undercover investigators. Found guilty of digging for a badger. Graham Walters was defending all three.


Name - Rentokill

Address -

Convicted - 25/5/01

Fine - £2,000 and costs of £350

Magistrates - Aldershot

Age/D.O.B -

Also convicted - none

Notes - On Tuesday 25/5/01 at Aldershot magistrates Rentokil, one of the biggest pest control companies in the UK, pleaded guilty to poisoning a badger. The company admitted to the offence of causing another (employees) to use a pesticide to kill a badger, contrary to Section 16(12)(a) of the Food and Environment Protection Act 1986 and the Control of Pesticides Regulations 1986 (as amended). They were fined of £2,000 and costs of £350. The case involved an international computer company buying a plot of land at Aldershot, on which to build their European HQ. The company employed an ecological consultancy company to survey the site for wildlife and the consultants reported that there were a large number of rabbit warrens and a large badger sett on the site. Rentokil were subsequently employed to destroy the rabbits, and the Rentokil employees diligently found many holes and placed poison in them. Unfortunately they were not aware of the difference between a badger and a rabbit, and also placed poison in a number of sett entrances. The consultants returned to the site after Rentokil had placed the poison and discovered what had happened. The body of a badger was found in a sett entrance and the Rentokil employees and the company were reported for a number of offences. Rentokil has a training manual with only one line stating that badgers are protected, whereas bats are covered in much more detail. The employees in this case thought that badgers were much bigger and therefore their holes would be much bigger. One of them admitted that he had only once seen a badger, and that was when it had been cornered and its hair had been standing on end in a defence posture, so giving him the idea that badgers were much bigger!


Name - Rheams Jason

Address - 19 Oxford Street, Leamington Spa

In court 5/12/90

Not guilty

Magistrates - Leamington

Age/D.O.B - 23

Also charged - Simon Eaton and Dennis Mannix

Notes - Caught 8/2/90.


Name - Rhode Michael Rowland

Address - 153 New Hall Lane, Preston

Convicted - 1994

Fine - £200

Magistrates - ?

Age/D.O.B -

Also convicted - Kevin Rushton/Rishton

Notes -


Name - Rhodes Michael

Address - Park Terrace, Oswestry

In court 1/10/92 due back 11/11/92

Fine - ?

Magistrates - Welshpool

Age/D.O.B -

Also charged - Alone

Notes - Charged with damaging a badger sett and putting a dog into a sett.


Name - Richards Robert Charles

Address - Garden City, Merthyr

Convicted - August 1986

Fine - ?

Magistrates - ?

Age/D.O.B -

Also convicted -

Notes - see Andrew Evans


Name - Richards William John

Address - Harrold Road, Rowley Regis

Convicted - 10/7/96 then sentenced on 13/8/96

Fine - 150 community service and £150 costs

Magistrates - Oswestry

Age/D.O.B - 46

Also convicted - Stuart Fellows and Stephen Rogers

Notes - All found guilty of damaging a badger sett, Fellows also admitted assaulting Mr Bone and theft of his camera, they were caught 29/8/95. A local resident heard barking and went to see what was going on. On arrival at a badger sett he saw the three men digging, they told him it was a rabbit warren and they were digging for foxes. Mr Bone then started taking pictures of the three, Fellows then chased the local resident across the field and at one point hit him across the back with a shovel. During a search of Fellows house in October 1995 the RSPCA found a stuffed badger and three wildlife traps. Fellows was defended by John Lishman, David McQueen defended Rogers and Richard Lloyd defended Richards. They were all banned from keeping dogs for 10 years.


Name - Richardson Mark Andrew

Address - Little Lane, Ilkley

In court 10/3/88

Not guilty

Magistrates - Harrogate

Age/D.O.B - 21

Also charged - Peter Lawson and Christopher Wade

Notes - Also a fourth man Mr David Atkinson of King Edward's Crescent, Horsforth, Leeds was also at the wood. Caught 17/1/87. All three were found not guilty of unlawfully digging for badgers and unlawfully attempting to take badgers. A charge against Lawson of possessing a dead badger was dismissed after the prosecution asked for it to be withdrawn. Mr Granville Rooley defended all three. They said they were looking for foxes.


Name - Roachford Thomas

Address - Courthoyle

Convicted - 4/12/90

Fine - £40

Magistrates - New Ross

Age/D.O.B -

Also convicted - Tom Quinn and Thomas Morrissey (charges were dropped)

Notes - Both found guilty of unlawfully killing a badger and two cubs. Caught 15/4/90.


Name - Roberts David

Address - Rowe Green, Worsley, Manchester

Convicted - 30/5/86

Fine - £400 and £50 costs

Magistrates - Chesterfield

Age/D.O.B - 35

Also convicted - Robert Heath and William Walsh

Notes - All found guilty of digging for badgers. Roberts also pleaded guilty to ill-treating one of his dogs and was fined an extra £100. (29 puncture wounds found on the dog) All defended by John Spittle. They all said they were given permission to hunt foxes. Roberts was also fined an extra £70 for having no tax disc and no M.O.T. on his car. Roberts Also has another conviction 11/5/87.


Name - Roberts David (self employed roofer)

Address - 7 Torrington Avenue, Swinton, Manchester

Convicted -11/5/87

Fine - £750 and £329 costs

Magistrates - Renishaw

Age/D.O.B - 36

Also convicted - Alone

Notes - Found guilty of digging for badgers. Claimed he was looking for foxes. He did have a dead fox in his Land Rover, however a post-mortem found that the fox had been dead for weeks. Roberts has a previous conviction for digging in the Ashover area and was fined £400 at Chesterfield Magistrates Court (30/5/86).


Name - Roberts Kevin

Address - 106 Bluebell Lane, Huyton, Liverpool

Convicted - 27/11/89

Fine - £250 and £75 costs

Magistrates - Berwyn

Age/D.O.B -

Also convicted - Anthony Fielding, Malcolm Hopwood and Christopher Till

Notes - All convicted of attempting to take a badger. Defending Julian Linskill said they were only after foxes. Hopwood had an appeal at Mold Crown Court and lost. He was ordered to pay the costs of £410. He also judges terriers at shows.


Name - Roberts Peter

Address - Radnor Drive, Bootle, Liverpool

Convicted - In court 25/7/?

Fine - ?

Magistrates - ?

Age/D.O.B - 43

Also charged - Alone

Notes - Faces 4 charges of being in possession of two dead badger cubs, a buzzard and a short-eared owl.


Name - Robson Peter

Address - Alvingham Terrace, Middlesborough

Due in court 26/11/92

Fine - ?

Magistrates - Richmond

Age/D.O.B - 21

Also charged - Malcolm Gray and Andrew Thompson

Notes - Caught in January 1992. All are charged with attempting to kill, injure or take a badger, digging for badgers, interfering with a badger sett, causing damage to a badger sett and sending a dog down a badger sett.


Name - Rochester William

Address - Watling Avenue, Seaham

In court 20/11/87

Not guilty

Magistrates - Hexham

Age/D.O.B - 24

Also charged - Terrance Atkinson, Alan Bell 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 - Rogers Stephen James

Address - Lane Avenue, Walsall

Convicted - 10/7/96

Fine - 150 community service and £150 costs

Magistrates - Oswestry

Age/D.O.B - 33

Also convicted - William Richards and Stuart Fellows

Notes - All found guilty of damaging a badger sett, Fellows also admitted assaulting Mr Bone and theft of his camera, they were caught 29/8/95. A local resident heard barking and went to see what was going on. On arrival at a badger sett he saw the three men digging, they told him it was a rabbit warren and they were digging for foxes. Mr Bone then started taking pictures of the three, Fellows then chased the local resident across the field and at one point hit him across the back with a shovel. During a search of Fellows house in October 1995 the RSPCA found a stuffed badger and three wildlife traps. Fellows was defended by John Lishman, David McQueen defended Rogers and Richard Lloyd defended Richards. They were all banned from keeping dogs for 10 years.


Name - Rooke Christopher (Amateur terrier man with York and Ainsty South F.H.)

Address - Newton-on-Ouse

Convicted - 5/7/96

Fine - £750 and £60 costs

Magistrates - Easingwold

Age/D.O.B - 37

Also convicted -

Notes - Admitted to interfering with a badger sett. The incident happened during a meet of the York and Ainsty South in 1996. A local landowner who had fenced off an area of his land after he felt the fewer people who knew about the sett the better. However, later that day the landowner noticed the fence had been broken down and somebody was digging up the sett. Rooke who has 20 years experience an amateur terrierman did not believe it was a sett, he thought it was a rabbit warren, and was told there was a fox down it and it was his job to get the fox out. Mr Darwin, mitigating said: "It wasn't his intention to harm the badger or the sett and he has expressed his remorse".


Name - Rooney Joseph

Address - Whitecroft Road, Liverpool

Convicted - 13/3/87

Fine - £1500 (£750 for each offence)

Magistrates - Hawkshead

Age/D.O.B -

Also convicted - Joseph Colbeck and Wayne Scott

Notes - Caught 11/11/86. Found guilty of digging for badgers, and attempting to take badgers. The magistrates adjourned the sentencing on Scott after hearing he had a previous conviction for digging.


Name - Roscoe John

Address - Blacker Street, Burnley

Convicted - 3/4/82

Fine - £120 (£40 for each offence) and £30 costs

Magistrates -

Age/D.O.B - 25

Also convicted - Kenneth Coulthurst

Notes - Found guilty of twice digging for badgers and being in possession of a badger. They said they were after foxes.


Name - Rossiter John (Earth-stopper with the South-West Wiltshire Hunt)

Address - Cock Farm, Cock Road, Laverton, Frome

Convicted - 26/3/93

Fine - £160 and £150 costs

Magistrates - Shepton Mallet

Age/D.O.B - 41

Also convicted -

Notes - Found guilty of interfering with a badger sett. Defended by Mr Andrew Peebles. There was a charge of ill-treating badgers dropped.


Name - Rushton/Rishton Kevin Anthony

Address - 2 Moordale Road or 36 Hawthorne Road, Ribbleton, Preston

Convicted - 1994

Fine - £200

Magistrates - ?

Age/D.O.B -

Also convicted - Michael Rhode

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