Eight in court on badger offences

Seven men and a 16 year-old were granted unconditional bail at Scarborough Court last Thursday on charges brought under the Protection of Badgers Act and the Hunting Act.

The offences allegedly took place on land at Howsham, near Malton.

Alan Alexander, 32, of Bramham Grove, York; James Henry Doyle, 34, of Eastfield Avenue, Knottingley; William Edward Anderson, 26, of Hillside, Cropton Lane, Pickering; Christopher Martin Holmes, 28, of Bell Farm Avenue, York; Richard Simpson, 37, of Wains Road, York; Paul Ian Tindall, 33, of Bramham Grove, York; and Malcolm David Warner, 28, of Princess Drive, York; and a 16 year-old from York, were each accused of interferring with a badger set, digging for badgers and wilfull killing of a badger.

Alexander Holmes and Simpson were also accused of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal. They are due to appear at Scarborough Court again on September 8.

Update:

The case involving 8 men and 13 terriers is now scheduled to go to trial on the 5th December 2011. The trial could last 4 – 5 days. There will also be an interim hearing at the Court on the 31st October.