Category Archives: wild rabbits

Poole, Dorset: Scott Cochrane

#TheList serial wildlife persecutor Scott Matthew Cochrane, born 09/11/1989, of 4 Yarrow Close, Poole BH12 4FL – found with dead rabbits, lurcher-type dogs and steel ball bearings

Scott Matthew Cochrane from Poole routinely hunts wild animals with dogs

Repeat offender Cochrane was back in court after breaching a five-year criminal behaviour order imposed in September 2015 after a video of him pulling the head off a live wood pigeon was uploaded to Facebook. He admitted being in possession of a wild animal and for hunting a wild mammal with a dog, an offence under Section 1 of the Hunting Act 2004.

Cochrane, whose Facebook account is riddled with boasts about his ‘kills’, is now prohibited from entering many rural areas in Dorset, Wiltshire and Hampshire. The areas include south of the A35 in the Purbeck and Dorchester area, rural northeast Dorset up to the M4 corridor in north Wiltshire and parts of the New Forest in Hampshire.

Scott Matthew Cochrane from Poole routinely hunts wild animals with dogs

This will prevent him from using routes such as the A338 from Ringwood into Wiltshire, A354 from Puddletown to Salisbury and A350 from Wimborne to parts of Wiltshire, which all feature in hotspots for such rural crime.

At 11.41pm on Saturday October 5, 2019, officers were called to a rural location in the Blandford area in relation to suspected poaching in fields. They located a van and saw two men – one of whom was the defendant.

There were two lurcher-type dogs with them and they had a high powered lamp. They were also found to be carrying dead rabbits. A search of their vehicle located a catapult and steel ball bearings, as well as further dead rabbits.

The new criminal behaviour order will last for three years.

Cochrane must not:

• Act or incite others to behave in an anti-social manner, that is to say a manner that causes harassment, alarm or distress to any persons.

• Use or incite others to use threatening, intimidating, insulting or abusive words or behaviour in any place to which the public has access.

• Be in possession of a wild animal, wild bird or part of a wild animal or bird living or dead.

• Be in possession of a catapult or shot, such as ball bearings, or to be in a vehicle with a catapult or such shot in a place to which the public have access or private land as a trespasser.

• Allow a dog under his control off a lead, except on private land with the land owners written permission.

• Be in a vehicle with a dog traditionally used for the purpose of hare and deer coursing, such as a Lurcher, Greyhound, Saluki, or a cross breed of these varieties unless travelling to an emergency vets appointment.

• Own dogs traditionally used for the purposes of hare and deer coursing such as Lurchers, Greyhounds, Saluki or a cross breed of these varieties.

Police Constable Claire Dinsdale, Rural Crime Co-ordinator for Dorset Police, said: “Coursing with dogs and poaching is a national priority for both rural and wildlife crime and there are many repeat victims across the UK.

“This issue is not about ‘one for the pot’ but part of a network of persistent criminals who will threaten and intimidate our rural communities if challenged and cause thousands of pounds worth of damage to crops, gates and other property.

“They train their dogs on rabbits, hares and even on deer, with no regard for the welfare of wildlife or their dogs and they are willing to travel vast distances into other counties.

“Dorset Police is part of the national strategy between 22 police forces, Operation Galileo, where civil and criminal powers will be used to prevent such offending by hare coursers and protect vulnerable victims.

“I hope this sends a clear message that coursing and other such crimes are not tolerated and we will take robust action against anyone suspected of such an offence.

“This now varied order is a first of its kind for rural crime, in that it bans the defendant from large areas of rural land across three counties and it restricts his ownership of certain dog breeds and cross breeds.”

Sentencing: eight weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months. Victim surcharge of £122 and £85 costs. The other man was given a caution. Three-year criminal behaviour order.

Southern Daily Echo

Eastbourne/Polegate, East Sussex: Tyler Earwaker and Liam Smith

#TheList Tyler Rhys Earwaker, born c. 2000, of 32 Shalfleet Close, Eastbourne BN23 8DU & Liam Smith, c. 1999, of 43 Kensington Way, Polegate BN26 6FH – laughed as they set packs of dogs on captured wild rabbits

Convicted animal abusers Liam Smith (left) and Tyler Earwaker from East Sussex, UK
Convicted animal abusers Liam Smith (left) and Tyler Earwaker are only banned from keeping rabbits.

Earwaker pleaded guilty to six offences and Smith pleaded guilty to two. The pair were prosecuted by the RSPCA following an investigation which included examination of horrific mobile phone footage.

Animal abuser Liam Smith of Polegate, East Sussex, with friend Bobby King
Liam Smith (right) with friend and fellow persecutor of wildlife Bobby King. As far as we know King was not involved in this particular act of animal cruelty but his FB page contains several photos of animals he has killed, sometimes with a catapult.

RSPCA inspector Carroll Lamport launched the investigation in May 2019 following a tip-off. She said, “When we checked [their] phones we found lots of videos of Earwaker and Smith releasing captured wild rabbits and setting their dogs on them.

“Some of the videos show the chase taking place across fields while others take place in fenced areas such as a basketball court and a children’s playground meaning the rabbits had no real chance of escape.

“It’s really upsetting to watch the footage and the rabbits must have been extremely distressed before being released. The chase would have been terrifying for them and the manner in which they were killed would have resulted in unnecessary suffering.”

The videos show the pair encouraging the dogs to chase down the rabbits – some of which are clearly in shock – and in one case the rabbits are kicked and thrown onto the ground.

Convicted animal abuser Tyler Earwaker of Eastbourne, East Sussex
Tyler Earwaker

A warrant was executed by police on May 14 at an address in Eastbourne. RSPCA officers joined police and a number of mobile phones were seized.

Five dogs were found at the premises – belonging to Earwaker’s family – and the RSPCA said all appeared in good condition. A number of hutches and cages were located in the garden, some with ferrets inside.

Inspector Lamport said, “We found long hunting nets, often used for catching animals, and a number of animal carriers in the shed and Earwaker told me he used the large trap for rabbits, using carrots as bait.

“Some of his coats were bloodstained and a number of phones and an iPad were seized.”

Four dogs – two lurchers and two terriers – were seized by police and Earwaker was interviewed.

Convicted animal abuser Tyler Earwaker of Eastbourne, East Sussex
Earwaker with his mummy

Inspector Lamport later received a call from Smith’s father claiming one of the dogs seized belonged to him.

She said, “Mr Smith told me he’d bought the terrier for his son, We discovered that his son, Liam Smith, had been going out with Earwaker rabbiting and ferreting.

“They were catching rabbits and ‘dropping’ them in front of their dogs for the dogs to chase in order to train the dogs they thought the latter was legal.”

The court determined the four dogs should be returned to their owners.

Earwaker – 12-month community order with 200 hours of unpaid work. He was disqualified from keeping rabbits for five years and ordered to pay £300 costs and £85 victim surcharge.

Smith – 12-month community order with 100 hours of unpaid work. He was disqualified from keeping rabbits for five years and ordered to pay £300 costs and £85 victim surcharge.

Wigan, Greater Manchester: Lee Evans and Ryan Ryder

#Exposed for wildlife persecution: Lee Evans and Ryan Ryder, Wigan

Wildlife criminals with a history of crimes towards humans Lee Evans and Ryan Ryder of Wigan, UK
Wildlife criminals with a history of violence towards humans: Lee Evans (left) and Ryan Ryder

Here we have permanently drunken feral savage Lee Evans (born 13/11/1987) and convicted sex offender Ryan Ryder (born 14/01/1993), 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.

Lee Evans regularly brags about killing wildlife on Facebook. One of his dogs displays facial injuries consistent with animal fighting - likely a fox or badger.
Lee Evans regularly brags about killing wildlife on Facebook. One of his dogs displays facial injuries consistent with animal fighting – likely a fox or badger.

Squinty-eyed unemployable piss-head Evans of Nicol Mere Drive, 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.

Father of the year? In January 2020 Evans was convicted of assault by beating after attacking his now former partner while she was holding their son.
Father of the year? In January 2020 Evans was convicted of assault by beating after attacking his now former partner while she was holding their son.

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 Road in Marsh Green, 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

Update January 2020: Lee Evans was given a community order after pleading guilty to assaulting his partner by beating while she was holding their baby.

The bench heard how Evans had consumed a two-litre bottle of cider and four cans of lager when he launched an abusive tirade at Danielle Howarth.

Prosecuting, Tess Kenyon said Evans accused her of cheating and told her to take the baby and get out of the house, shouting and swearing into her face.

He then punched her on her left cheek, causing the youngster to fall to the floor. She ended up with bruising on her cheek and also to her right forearm.

Ms Kenyon read out an impact statement in which Ms Howarth said: “I’m scared of him hurting my other kids. I can’t put the child and me through this anymore. I want to feel happy again and feel safe.”

Ms Kenyon said Evans had previously accused his partner of cheating and she had given a number of statements to police during their five-year relationship only to then retract them.

Defending, Adrian Palmer said his client admitted that the incident on August 2, 2019, was fuelled by alcohol consumption and this was at the root of Evans’s problems.

The court gave Palmer an 18-month community order involving alcohol treatment, 25 days’ rehabilitation activity requirements and a curfew to run for five months from 7pm until 7am.

A restraining order preventing him contacting the complainant was also placed on him. He was also ordered to pay costs of £260 and £100 compensation.

Wigan Today

Larkhall, South Lanarkshire: John Frame Murray and son John Murray

#TheList badger baiters John Frame Murray, born 08/11/1956, of 119 Avon Road, Larkhall ML9 1RA and his son, also named John Murray, born 06/01/1980, of 18 Earn Gardens, Larkhall ML9 1QG

Badger baiters John Frame Murray and son John Murray from Larkhall, South Lanarkshire, Scotland.
Badger baiters John Frame Murray and son John Murray were given 10-year dog ban, which they breached within three years of conviction.

Father and son John “Mint” Murray and John Murray junior were found guilty of digging into and damaging a badger sett with the intention of using dogs to take or kill badgers following a trial in March 2014.

Dogs seized from the Murrays had severe injuries to their lower jaws, including torn lips and missing teeth.

Investigators recovered two Patterdale terriers and a blue brindle Staffordshire bull terrier from the pair’s homes. All three dogs had suffered severe damage to their lower jaws, including tearing to the lips, nose and missing teeth. These injuries were consistent with having been used repeatedly in face-to-face confrontation with badgers.

John Frame Murray and his son John Murray digging at a badger sett with others unknown

The Murrays were caught after witnesses saw and photographed them digging into what was suspected to be a badger sett at Drummond Hill near Sandilands, Lanark on February 2, 2012.

The Scottish SPCA visited the site and discovered an active badger sett which had been recently dug.

Badger baiters John Frame Murray and son John Murray from Larkhall, South Lanarkshire, Scotland.

The court heard the pair also liked to trap cats and foxes in a wheelie bin, which they then set their dogs on.

Badger baiters John Frame Murray and son John Murray from Larkhall, South Lanarkshire, Scotland.

Sara Shaw, wildlife and environment procurator fiscal, said: “The intentions of these men were cruel, unkind and wholly illegal.

“The law protects badgers from harm as well as dogs from being used for fighting.

“The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service will continue to work to ensure anyone who breaks the law is brought to justice.”

The pair were found guilty of three charges contrary to the Protection of Badgers Act 1992.

They were convicted of attempting to kill, injure or take a badger and of damaging the badger sett, in particular digging into its tunnel.

The men also interfered with the sett by causing a dog to enter it.

Speaking about the case, Scottish SPCA Chief Superintendent Mike Flynn said: “This was a very complex and challenging investigation requiring technical forensic work and a great deal of time and specialist resources.”

He added: “During the course of our investigation we found and seized three dogs, two Patterdale terriers and one Staffordshire bull terrier.

“Both Patterdales were found to have severe injuries to their lower jaws, including tearing to the lips and missing teeth. The Staffordshire bull terrier had injuries to its upper and lower lips and nose and missing teeth.

“Following the outcome of this case we are very pleased we can now find these three dogs the loving new homes they deserve.

“This case serves as a warning that we will do all we can to identify and detect persons involved in this barbaric activity, which causes severe suffering, mutilation and death to both badgers and dogs. This includes working with other agencies throughout England and Northern Ireland.”

Badger baiter John Murray from Larkhall, South Lanarkshire, Scotland.
John Murray junior

Animal protection charity OneKind also said it was pleased with the sentence.

Its spokeswoman Louise Robertson said: “Badger baiting is such a cruel and violent form of animal abuse that it is natural to expect a custodial sentence in these circumstances.

“While a jail term would have sent a clear message that pitting animals against each other to fight in such a primitive and barbaric way is totally unacceptable, 250 hours of community service does indicate the court has taken the matter seriously.

“We are pleased both men have been banned from keeping dogs for 10 years.”

Sentencing: ordered to carry out 250 hours of unpaid work each. Banned from keeping dogs for 10 years (expires April 2024).

BBC News

Update July 2014: In the same year the Murrays were convicted of badger baiting, they also appeared in court where they admitted beating up a mum and her two daughters.

Badger baiters John Frame Murray and son John Murray from Larkhall, South Lanarkshire, Scotland.

One of the Murrays’ victims said she was so terrified of the pair, she left Scotland.

The duo were given two years each for beating up Murray Jnr’s estranged wife, her sister and their mum in an unprovoked attack.

Update August 2017: it was reported that the Scottish SPCA had seized five lurcher-type dogs from the Murrays following a tip=off.

A source told the Sunday Post “It’s clear the Murrays won’t stop keeping dogs despite what the court has told them.

“The conviction was only three years ago and there are fears they are back to their old ways.”

The dogs, which were seized on August 10, 2017, were rehomed by the Scottish SPCA.

Police Scotland confirmed the Murrays were the subject of a report to the procurator fiscal over “alleged offences under the Protection of Badgers Act and a disqualification order”.

A source at the Crown Office said it was understood a report on the pair was being sent to them for consideration.

An undercover inspector from the Scottish SPCA Special Investigations Unit said: “We were called to an address in Larkhall to assist Police Scotland in regards to males who previously received a ban at Hamilton Sheriff Court to prevent them keeping dogs due to their involvement in badger baiting.

“A report will be submitted by Police Scotland.”

Unfortunately, we can find no follow-up to this.

Sunday Post