Bridlington, Yorkshire: Anne Smith and Benjamin Johnson

#TheList Anne Smith, born 1956, of Little Beck Rd, Bridlington YO16 4AW, and Benjamin Johnson, born c. 1997, of Woldgate Travellers Site, Bridlington YO16 4XE – allowed their ponies to stray repeatedly onto a busy road resulting in one being killed; a little Shetland pony named Paddy was found entangled around a tree

Gypsy traveller  Benjamin Johnson from Bridlington and some of the horses he and Anne Smith allowed to run loose on a busy road.
Gypsy traveller Benjamin Johnson from Bridlington and some of the horses he and Anne Smith allowed to run loose on a busy road.

Gypsies Smith and Johnson were found guilty of neglect following a catalogue of incidents involving their horses roaming loose next to Bessingby Hill. They ignored advice given to them by the RSPCA.

Gypsy traveller  Benjamin Johnson from Bridlington and some of the horses he and Anne Smith allowed to run loose on a busy road.
Little Shetland Paddy was found entangled around a tree.

Johnson had also received an RSPCA caution for the same thing but failed to improve the situation.

The pair continued to put the lives of their horses at risk by allowing them to roam freely next to busy traffic and one of their horses ended up being killed after being hit by a car.

During the investigation, threats were made to RSPCA inspectors’ and police officers’ lives.

Sentencing:
Johnson was ordered to undertake 150 hours of unpaid work and Smith to complete 40 hours of unpaid work.  Both defendants were also ordered to pay £340 costs. Deprivation order for Shetland pony Paddy. No ban.

Yorkshire Coast Radio

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