#TheList serial hare coursers James Crickmore, John Jefford, Denny Loveridge and Mark Loveridge all of Cambridge – all are now bound by a 3-year court injunction not to enter Cambridgeshire during the hare coursing season
Mark Loveridge, 38, of Milton Place, Horton, Slough, was suspected of 13 hare coursing incidents. He must not own a sighthound or drive a four-wheel-drive vehicle during hare coursing season.
John Jefford, 42, of 125/127 Scotland Road, Cambridge CB4 1QL was suspected of 13 hare coursing incidents. He must not own a sighthound or be in the company of another person with one.
Denny Loveridge, 38, of Mill Place Caravan Park, Datchet, Slough was suspected of 17 incidents. He must not own a sighthound or drive a four-wheel-drive vehicle during hare coursing season.
James Crickmore, 38, of 2 Sunningdale, Fen Road, Cambridge CB4 1UN was suspected of 26 incidents. He must not own a sighthound or be in the company of another person with one.
All four are bound by an injunction handed down by a county court judge in a successful case brought by Cambridgeshire police.
The injunctions will mean the men cannot enter any farm land in Cambridgeshire during the months of the hare coursing season (31 July to 31 March) for the next three years.
The men were caught by police using a new database designed to track and convict suspected hare coursers.
A police spokesman said: “The judge was satisfied that he had heard evidence showing the men had been involved in hare coursing over a two year period and therefore handed the men injunctions.”
PC Gareth Tanner said: “This is an excellent result for the rural community and one of the first of its kind. I’m confident that the conditions granted will be effective.
“This has been a considerable piece of work, both due to the complexity of the tactics used, and the amount of evidence presented at court because of the sheer persistence of these individuals.
“Hare coursing costs the farming community thousands every year in damages to crops and land, as well as the obvious cruelty issues.”
#Exposed for wildlife persecution: Lee Evans and Ryan Ryder, Wigan
Here we have permanently drunken feral savage Lee Evans and convicted sex offender Ryan Ryder, both of Wigan, who share a common interest in persecuting wildlife. Often seen with dogs in the Three Sisters area of the town, these lazy, useless and sexually incontinent slobs are notorious for torturing rabbits, foxes and badgers. Their dogs bear the scars of being forced into fights with wildlife. It is believed they are also responsible for the deaths of several cats, so they are all-round stinkers.
Squinty-eyed unemployable piss-head Evans of Derwent Road, Ashton in Makerfield, is well known to the RSPCA and has had at least one dog seized from him but refuses to change his barbaric ways. His addiction to seeing living creatures ripped apart limb from limb is just too strong.
In 2012 Evans’ partner in wildlife crime (though there are several others that may yet be exposed – your turn will come, make no mistake) Ryan Ryder, of Hunter Rd, was convicted of sexually assaulting a 40yo woman – a complete “stranger to him – as she was walking home after a night out. He fled the scene, leaving his victim seriously injured on the ground, but was identified by his DNA and convicted. He is now on the sex offenders register for life. Ryder now focuses his innate aggression on animals.
And despite all this both men have girlfriends. Not nice girls, you understand. I mean, how could they be?
Article originally published on the Pet Abuse UK Facebook page
#TheList Scott Ayres (also known as Scott Pope), born 09/06/1992, and partner Leanne Hodge, born 11/05/1995, both of Haygrove Park Road, Bridgwater, Somerset TA6 7BT – failed to seek veterinary treatment for a dog’s wounds
Ayres and Hodge were found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to a Patterdale terrier named Archie after not seeking veterinary care for wounds to his head, body and injured jaw.
Patterdale terrier Archie was discovered with his lower jaw degloved and puncture wounds to his face and body when he was rescued by the RSPCA in October 2017.
Whilst no explanation for Archie’s injuries is given or even appears to have been investigated, there is evidence from Ayres’ Facebook profile that he enjoys inflicting suffering on wild animals such as foxes or badgers. The photo of the black lurcher and the shovels is taken from Ayres’ profile and he is a member of several ‘working dogs’ groups.
Archie has since recovered from his injuries during his time in the care of the RSPCA.
Sentence: Ayres – suspended 12-week prison sentence. Community work. Total costs and charges of £415. Hodge – 16-week curfew order. Both were disqualified from keeping dogs for ten years (expires September 2028).
#TheList John Thomas Gough, born 12 July 1992, of 29 Byron Street, Brierley Hill, Dudley, West Midlands DY5 4JA – filmed two dogs attacking a caged fox in his back garden
Gough pleaded guilty to one charge of causing a fight between a dog and fox and two charges of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal.
The court was told the 26-year-old used his mobile phone to video two dogs attacking a fox, which had been trapped in a cage.
He was also heard encouraging the dogs in the footage.
In another video clip, the distressed animal is out of the cage and the dogs are seen to carry on the attack.
Both incidents are said to have taken place at his home address on or about May 16, 2017. It is not known what happened to the fox.
The prosecution was brought after the RSPCA and West Midlands Police – acting on intelligence – executed a warrant at Gough’s home address.
It was during this search that his mobile phone was seized and the video was found showing the fox attack, along with still images.
A fox trap was also found at his home along with equipment used when putting terriers down holes in the ground.
In his vehicle officers discovered two fox tails, a terrier box and shovels.
A spokesman for the RSPCA, said: “We do not know what happened to the fox in this horrific attack and the two dogs in the video were not found at the property.
“But an expert who watched the video taken from the phone was able to state that the fox would have suffered due to the bite injuries as well as one of the dogs which was also bleeding during the horrific attack.
“This was premeditated animal cruelty and both the fox and dog clearly suffered at the hands of Gough.”
Sentence: jailed for 22 weeks. Banned from keeping animals for life
#TheList Scott Maurice Bicknell, born 05/09/1976 of 13 Kiln Lane, Old Alresford, Alresford SO24, and gypsy traveller George Cole, born 03/07/1946 of Newdeeps Farm, Winchester Road, Upham, Southampton SO32 – for horrific separate acts of animal cruelty involving a rabbit and dog
Bicknell and Cole pleaded guilty to one animal welfare offence each of causing unnecessary suffering in relation to two separate incidents.
RSPCA Chief Inspector (CI) Will Mitchell from the Special Operations Unit said: “A mobile phone was seized as part of separate police operation which led to evidence of animal welfare concerns being uncovered and prompted warrants at two addresses in Hampshire.
“On the phone – which belonged to another man who isn’t part of our investigations – we found videos and Whatsapp messages.
“One of these videos showed Mr Bicknell in his garden setting his dogs on a wild rabbit and encouraging them to kill it. It’s really horrific footage to watch.”
The RSPCA joined Hampshire Police Countrywatch Team to execute warrants at two addresses in April.
At the Upham property, officers found a female lurcher collapsed in a pile of hay in a barn.
CI Mitchell added: “The vet checked her immediately and she cried out in pain when he touched her.
“Her breathing was laboured and she was shaking. She was emaciated and weak.
“When officers helped her onto her feet they made a shocking discovery – a huge, ulcerated tumour under her abdomen.
“The vet said it had been there for months, possibly years.”
The dog was sadly put to sleep to end her suffering.
Sentencing: Bicknell – 12-week prison term, suspended for two years; ordered to complete 80 hours of unpaid work’ total of £415 costs and charges. Disqualified from keeping all animals for just two years (expires August 2020).
Cole – 12-week prison term, suspended for two years; total of £440 costs and charges. Disqualified from keeping all animals for five years (expires August 2023).
#TheList Zamual Mallinson (DoB 02/11/1990), formerly of St Marys Lane, Binbrook, Market Rasen, Lincs – filmed himself kicking rabbit in ‘act of brutality’ and had dogs with facial injuries kept in awful conditions
Mallinson, currently (2018) of Drigh Road, Brookenby, Binbrook, Market Rasen, was found guilty of keeping a Staffordshire bull terrier, a lurcher cross and a patterdale terrier for animal fighting.
He was investigated by the RSPCA’s special operations unit after he bragged on Facebook about how he used his dogs to fight foxes and badgers.
A search at an address on Edinburgh Road, Brookenby, Lincolnshire, in April 2014 found his dogs kept in unsuitable conditions and with injuries consistent with animal fights.
On his phone, which was obtained during the search, footage was discovered of Mallinson walking up behind a wild rabbit and kicking the animal like a football.
Speaking about the case, RSPCA Chief Inspector Ian Briggs said: “Our investigation was initially focused on Mallinson keeping his dogs to attack and fight wild animals. However, the footage we discovered on his mobile phone, of him deliberately and unashamedly kicking a wild rabbit, shows his contempt for animals.”
Sentence: Mallinson was sentenced to 12-week custodial sentences, suspended for 12 months, for each offence, to run concurrently. 150 hours of unpaid work; fine of £7,000, victim surcharge of £80; banned from keeping dogs for 10 years (expires September 2025).
#TheList serial wildlife and pet abusers Joshua Robert Percy Varey, born 26/02/1990, of Duke Street, Colne; Shaun Mullens, born 11/11/1991, of 19 Dean Street, Trawden, Colne; Paul Ashworth, born 14/10/1967, of 31 Tennyson Road, Colne – shook a cat out of a tree so their dogs could attack it
Josh Varey and accomplices Shaun Mullens and Paul Ashworth laughed as they set their dogs on other terrified animals so they could make ‘trophy’ videos for a dog-fighting racket.
Varey filmed Mullens and Ashworth climbing up a tree and trying to shake a cat out of its branches so that their dogs could maul it.
Varey and Mullens also filmed a horrifying incident in which they used one of their dogs to attack a badger after digging into its sett.
Magistrates saw DVD footage in which Varey could be heard laughing as distressed animals yelped in terror. In one attack, caught on film, a voice was heard saying ‘It’s dead’ before a badly injured badger crawled away.
The court had heard that police and RSPCA officers found the DVD during dawn raids at 11 homes across Pendle in summer 2013, in which officers seized three lurchers, two terriers and a lurcher/bull terrier cross, as well as computers, mobile phones, cash and drugs equipment
The operation followed a 12-month evidence gathering operation into badger digging, deer poaching, hare coursing and offences under the Dangerous Dogs Act.
In October 2013, six cats were killed by lurchers in attacks in Colne over three days. Police said the incidents were known as ‘cat coursing’, where dogs were trained to kill domestic pets before going poaching or badger baiting.
Magistrates heard that Varey, who bought and sold dogs for profit, and bred them to fight other animals, had injured and scarred dogs in cages outside at his home and was proud that his animals were ‘adept at fighting.’
Phones found at Varey’s house contained animal baiting videos, photographs of animals, and messages about ‘doing holes’, ‘going out with the terriers’ and ‘going digging’.
The prosecutor said: ‘ We suggest that this is talking about about putting dogs down holes to get at animals.’
He said there were photographs showing a scarred dog, a dog with blood around its mouth, and a photograph of a fox and fox cub.
When interviewed, Ashworth claimed he was only doing what he was told when he was shaking the tree a cat had run up.
The cat was forced to run quickly up another tree to get away from the dogs, and said the cat would have been terrified.
When Varey was questioned, he didn’t deny any responsibility for the film on his phone but made no comment. Mullens admitted it was his dog in the badger fight video.
After the case, RSPCA Inspector Ian Briggs said: ‘These men showed absolutely no regard for any of the animals, including their own dogs.
‘This was cruelty in its most abhorrent form.’
Sentencing: Varey and Mullens were jailed for 126 and 114 days respectively and banned from keeping pets for ten years (expires July 2024). Ashworth was jailed for 76 days and banned from keeping animals for 5 years (expires July 2019).
In February 2018 serial offender Varey was charged with further animal cruelty offences alongside another man, Howard Bernard Lewin, born 20/12/67, of 6 Dickson Street, Colne.
The pair pleaded guilty to being present at an animal fight and causing unnecessary suffering to a ferret and a rat. Varey also faced an additional charge of breaching his disqualification order after two dogs were found at his home.
Speaking about this case RSPCA special investigation officer Jason Bowles said: “We were alerted to a really disturbing video that had been posted on Varey’s Facebook page,”
“In the video, a pet ferret is pitched against a wild rat in a hutch and they are urged to fight. The men are clearly encouraging the animals to fight and are shouting at the ferret, willing it on to attack the rat.
“The rat is frantically trying to escape, climbing the bars of the hutch and looking for a way out.
“The men tip and shake the hutch to try to encourage the animals to fight. There are a few clashes but generally the terrified animals cower in separate corners.
“In the video, one of the men can be heard shouting at the rat: ‘That’s disgusting, I hate them, f***ing rodent b***ards.
“We launched an investigation into the video once it had been brought to our attention but never found the rat or the ferret so, sadly, we don’t know what happened to them.
“However, we will not stand for this sort of disgusting behaviour and cruelty towards animals. We hope this case serves to show that we take online videos showing cruelty to animals very seriously and, where offences have been committed, we will take appropriate action.”
“In 2014, Mr Varey was disqualified from keeping animals for 10 years, having been convicted of animal fighting offences under the Animal Welfare Act,” SOU inspector Chris Heyworth said. “That ban is still in place.
“He came to our attention again after Cumbria Police were called to a field to reports of two men – one of whom was Mr Varey – stuck in the mud in their vehicle. They were arrested on suspicion of offences under the Deer Act 1991 and a mobile phone was seized.
“Material from that phone was passed to Lancashire Police who were investigating wildlife crime offences with RSPCA inspectors. Photos, video and texts on the phone suggested the men were still involved in wildlife crimes and, therefore, a warrant was executed at a property in Colne, Lancashire, on 28 September.
“Despite his ban, we found two dogs – both lurcher types – at the property. One of the dogs belonged to someone else but one was quite clearly his. We also found lots of evidence on a phone that showed he was participating in the keeping of dogs.”
The dog – called Nell – was seized and placed into RSPCA care.
Sgt Damian Pemberton, Lancashire Constabulary’s Rural Policing, Wildlife and Heritage Crime co-ordinator, said: “This sentence is testimony to the hard work of our rural officers who are committed to putting an end to the unnecessary suffering of animals.
“Those who mistreat animals and take part in these types of cruel activities will be tracked down and brought to justice.
“Josh Varey is a well-known animal abuser with previous convictions for animal cruelty.
“His conviction and sentence sends a clear message that animal cruelty will not be tolerated and our dedicated rural officers will work hard to bring those responsible to justice.”
Sentencing: Varey was given a 16-week jail term, suspended for two years; ordered to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work and pay £250 in costs. He was also disqualified from keeping all animals for 15 years (expires March 2033).
Lewin was given a 12-month community order with a rehabilitation requirement.
#TheList Brandon Coulton, Liam Crang, Marcus Hall, Thomas Richardson, Jack Tenwick and Damon “Damo” Dodsworth all of Darlington – for animal fighting, keeping dogs in squalid conditions, leaving facial injuries untreated
The six-strong gang of wildlife persecutors were caught as part of Operation Merlin which saw 69 police and RSPCA officers carry out dawn raids on homes in the town.
Brandon Coulton of 54 Estoril Road South, Liam Crang of 12 Brignall Moor Crescent, Marcus Hall of 137 Neasham Road, Thomas Richardson 8 Headlam Rd and Jack Tenwick of 81 Westminster Road, pleaded guilty to being present at an animal fight. The sixth, Damon Dodsworth of 79 Cobden Street, pleaded guilty to two counts of failing to ensure an animal’s welfare, while Crang and Tenwick each admitted one count. Crang also admitted to setting his dog on a hare in October last year.
RSPCA footage shows hare coursing and squalid conditions dogs were kept in by a group of Darlington men. The court heard that in March 2011 they had allowed their dogs to chase and kill a fox and posed for a picture with the dead animal afterwards.
When officers raided the men’s homes they found that lurchers owned by Crang, Dodsworth and Tenwick were living in squalid conditions and bore fresh cuts and old scars.
In mitigation the court heard that the men were all teenagers at the time of the offences, and that those who kept their dogs in poor conditions did so through failure to understand the animals’ needs.
Sentence (Sep ’13): 12-month community order of 140 hours unpaid work; £160 in court costs and charges. Crang, Dodsworth and Tenwick were banned from keeping dogs for ten years, while the other three were given a five-year ban. Crang was also fined £200 for a hunting offence.