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East of England: Stolen puppies found during police investigation into activities of a prolific traveller crime gang

Mugshots of nine members of the brazen burglary gang, all of whom come from the traveller community

Nine members of a violent gang of travellers, who committed more than 200 burglaries in 11 months across multiple counties in the East of England region have been jailed for a total of 71 years. 

Gang members would mask their faces using balaclavas and smash or force open doors or windows in broad daylight.

They would don forensic suits in a bid to outwit police and were so prolific that in one day in July 2017 they committed seven burglaries, eight the next, and a total of 50 for the whole month. 

On one travellers’ site Cambridgeshire Constabulary found seven stolen Labrador puppies in the boot of a car as well as an arsenal of deadly weapons. 

Stolen dogs found during police raid on one travellers' site

Nine of the gang pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit burglary:

Charlie Albert Webb, 20, from Newton Flotman, Norfolk – jailed for five years.

John Eli Loveridge, 42, of Greenways, Carleton Rode, Norfolk – jailed for seven-and-a-half years.

John Stanley Loveridge, 23, of Greenways, Carleton Rode, Norfolk – jailed for six-and-a-half years.

Joseph Holmes, 21, of Schole Road, Willingham – jailed for four years.

Danny Stone-Parker, 28, of Braintree Road, Great Dunmow – jailed for six-and-a-half years.

Timothy Stone-Parker, 24, of Clay Way, Ely – jailed for six-and-a-half years.

Joe John Spencer Loveridge, 19, of Winchester Road, Sandy, Bedfordshire – jailed for four years.

Richard Oakley, 27, of Sandy Park, Beck Row, Suffolk – jailed for five years.

Johnny Oakley, 25, of Sandy Park, Beck Row, Suffolk – jailed for five-and-a-half years.

A tenth man, Simon Oakley, 45, of Alburgh Road, Hempnall, Norwich, was found guilty of conspiracy to burgle on 31 October following a trial. He was jailed for nine years.

Detective Inspector Craig Harrison, who led the investigation, said: “These sentences reflect the scale and impact of this gang’s offending.

“Every one of their crimes had a victim so the trauma and devastation caused in quite a short space of time was immense. They clearly had no care at all for the impact their offending was having on communities, particularly in south and east Cambridgeshire, which were particularly badly hit, and, indeed, across the region.”

The gang targeted homes in rural areas, where they could make easy getaways and stole high-performance vehicles to give themselves a better chance of out-running police.

Offences were committed across Cambridgeshire including Littleport, Wisbech, Fordham, Burwell, Prickwillow, Dullingham, Ely, Waterbeach, Soham, Abington, Cambridge, Chippenham, Little Shelford, Isleham, Sawston, Hardwick, Willingham, March, Histon, Swavesey, Longstanton, Little Downham, Stow cum Quay, Doddington, St Ives, Stretham, Chippenham, Balsham, Cottenham, Cheveley, Elsworth, Swaffham Bulbeck, Fulbourn, Newmarket, Teversham, Boxworth, Yaxley and Friday Bridge.

Two other men – James Pateman, 55, of no fixed abode, and his brother, Thomas Brown, 54, of Fen Road, Chesterton, Cambridge – were also found guilty of handling stolen goods on 31 October following a trial at Norwich Crown Court. The court heard the men were involved in the disposal of jewellery between 12 March and 7 November, 2017.

Pateman was jailed for three-and-a-half years and Brown eight years.

Simon Oakley, who owns Stratton Quick Fit, a garage and workshop at Elite Business Park, in Salamanca Road, Norwich, had previously admitted possession of a firearm without a certificate and handling stolen goods.

He provided false registration plates and directed others to commit crime. He helped to hide stolen vehicles and pass them off as legitimate.

Cambridgeshire Constabulary
Daily Mail

Ballymena, County Antrim: Michael Agnew

#TheList Michael Agnew, aged 47, formerly of Ballynease Road,  Portglenone, Ballymena BT44 8NU and now said to be living in Garvagh, County Londonderry  – for causing unnecessary suffering to two pigs

Agnew has 159 previous criminal convictions, 19 of which are for animal welfare offences. He had  previously been banned from keeping livestock in May 2014.

Photograph produced in previous prosecution case against cruel farmer Michael Agnew
Photograph produced in previous prosecution case against cruel farmer Michael Agnew

Prosecution barrister Catherine Chasemore told the court officials from the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) carried out an inspection at Agnew’s farm on 6 October 2015.

She said two sows “were described as being particularly thin.”

One had “a large mammary abscess which had burst and the other had a spinal abscess,” she said.

A DARD vet told Agnew the animals were suffering unnecessarily and the only humane option was to euthanise the sows.

“The defendant strenuously objected to this and insisted that his own vet was called for a second opinion,” the prosecution barrister added.

“This was done and she agreed that the sows be euthanised, which the defendant then agreed to.

“The defendant was invited to be interviewed on two occasions but failed to give an account”, Ms Chasemore said

She told the court Agnew’s previous convictions included failing to dispose of the animal carcasses of three sheep, one donkey, one horse and two cows and allowing live animals to access the carcasses.

On one occasion in December 2012 officials found numerous dead animals on Agnew’s farm, she said.

A defence barrister said Agnew, a father of six children, was terrified of going to jail.

He had separated from his partner and only now only called at the Portglenone farm to collect or drop off his children, the barrister said.

“This was not a case of widespread neglect, it involved two sows. His record in terms of animal welfare is atrocious but this offending did not involve flocks nor herds”, the barrister added.

The lifetime ban prohibits Agnew from ever owning, keeping, transporting or dealing with animals.

Sentencing at Londonderry Crown Court on Tuesday 23/10/2018, Judge Philip Babington said Agnew “should be kept miles away from every living creature.”

“Any animal seeing this man coming over the horizon would have a heart attack,” the judge said.

He said he felt Agnew should go to prison but that it would be detrimental to his children to impose a custodial sentence.

“Your former partner and your children still live on the farm and you want to have contact with your six children.

“But if you every have any have any contact with animals again you will be going straight to prison”, he told Agnew.

Judge Babington also ordered the removal of any animals currently owned by Agnew.

18 months in prison, suspended for four years. Banned from keeping animals for life.

BBC News

Southsea, Portsmouth: Barry David Shaw

#TheList Barry David Shaw, born 25/08/1983, currently in prison but most recently of Merton Court, Victoria Road South, Southsea – brutally kicked a seven-month old chihuahua named Coco  in a fit of rage leaving the tiny pup with missing teeth, bloodshot eyes and bruising.

Portsmouth's Barry David Shaw and his helpless victim, chihuahua Coco
Career criminal and now convicted animal abuser Barry David Shaw from Southsea, Portsmouth, and little Coco, the dog he almost killed

The animal cruelty charge against lifelong criminal Shaw – who has family links to Stockport – was proven in his absence.

RSPCA Inspector Andrew Kirby, who investigated the incident, said:

‘This was a horribly sad case where poor Coco was left with serious injuries.

‘She was near to death when she was taken to an emergency vet in a collapsed state with missing teeth, bloodshot eyes, and bruising.

‘Shaw admitted in interview he’d lost his temper with Coco after her owner left him alone with her while they nipped out.

‘When the owner returned they discovered what had happened to Coco and rushed her for treatment with a vet.

‘There is no excuse for subjecting an innocent animal to such violence.

‘It is very lucky that Coco’s tiny body survived such an horrendous attack.’

Sentence: 16 weeks in jail.  Banned from keeping or owning any animals for just 12 months (expires July 2019).

The News

Gravesend. Kent: Jon Dunn, Bridget Saunders and Ronnie Vine

#TheList for horrific horse neglect – career criminal Jonathan Levi Dunn (DoB 20/12/1983) and partner Bridget Linda Saunders (DoB 25/11/1986) both of the Denton gypsy traveller site at Dering Way, Gravesend DA12 and Ronnie Vine, aged 46, of Havengore Avenue, Gravesend DA12

Gypsy travellers and horse abusers Jon Dunn and Bridget Linda Saunders of Gravesend
The offences related to 13 horses which were part of a large group kept in appalling conditions in a field near Denton Caravan Site, Dering Way, Gravesend.

The horses were kept in a field which did not have enough grazing to sustain the numbers, and it was riddled with litter and hazards such as barbed wire, plastic bags and plastic netting.

The main water source was a dyke contaminated due to decaying horses’ remains and was green and full of rubbish.

The RSPCA had also discovered a large number of dead and rotting horse bodies littering the field.

There was a drain with the manhole cover removed, which led to a 6ft drop which the horses could have fallen into.

Speaking about the case RSPCA inspector Rosie Russon said: “Many of the horses taken were just youngsters and had probably only known a life of misery, sickness and riddled with worms, in a field far too small for them, with no grazing, and a lack of supplementary feed.

“It is such an awful shame that in this day and age, we are still seeing cases of animal cruelty of this scale.

“I was truly horrified at the sheer number of horses being kept in such terrible conditions in one small location, the horrors were clear for all to see – yet despite this the owners failed to make improvements for them.

“This is one of the largest number of horses that the RSPCA has taken into its care in the Kent area in recent years, and I am pleased to say that almost all of the horses are now doing exceptionally well.”


Dunn – 26 weeks in prison; disqualified from keeping any equines for 10 years (expires July 2028).
Saunders – two-year conditional discharge; total costs and charges of £130; a mere three-year ban on keeping all horses (expires July 2021) .
Vine – total costs and charges of £1,430; banned from keeping any equines for just one year (expires July 2019).

Kent Online

Our image shows Jonathan Levi Dunn and partner Bridget Linda Saunders. Dunn is from a notorious family of travellers based at Barnfield Park Caravan Site, Ash, Sevenoaks, Kent, who between them have multiple convictions for theft and driving offences, not to mention horse cruelty. In February 2017 three members of Jon Dunn’s family – brothers Harry and Matthew and  cousin Tommy Tucker Dunn – were also banned from keeping horses after they left sick animals in the same field as a rotting carcass and poisonous ragwort. See also here.

This conviction was preceded by a similar one in August 2012 when Tommy Dunn Senior and Tommy Dunn Junior were sentenced to pay £5000 in costs each and Shirley Dunn was ordered to pay £500 in costs after pleading guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to horses and failing in their duty of care under the Animal Welfare Act.

Fordingbridge, Hampshire: William Sheen

#TheList William Gregory Michael Sheen, born c. 1997, of 24 Queens Gardens, Fordingbridge SP6 1QP, but said to be living in Marryat Road, New Milton, Hampshire – fired a catapult at swans and their cygnets before ‘choking’ his dog when she wouldn’t chase the birds

Police mugshot of animal abuser and general lowlife William Sheen from Fordingbridge, Hampshire
Police mugshot of animal abuser and general lowlife William Sheen from Fordingbridge, Hampshire

Career criminal Sheen, who has previous convictions for violence and burglary, attempted to harm the swans and their cygnets in Riverside Park, Fordingbridge on dates between July 5 and 8 2017.

One witness spotted him trying to force his dog into the water to chase the birds. When the dog didn’t give chase, Sheen dragged her into the air by her lead.

One of Will Sheen's dogs. It's not known if this is the dog involved in this incident.
One of Will Sheen’s dogs. It’s not known if this is the dog involved in this incident.

The dog was in a “distressed state” and “making choking noises”.

Sheen, who is believed to be part of the travelling community, was found guilty of three charges of attempting to injure wild birds and one of causing unnecessary suffering to a dog following a trial at Southampton Magistrates’ Court in April 2018.

Mark Gammon of the Crown Prosecution Service said: “Sheen was seen by members of the public to be firing a catapult at some swans and cygnets on the River Avon before attempting to encourage his dog to enter the water to chase them.

“When the dog wouldn’t give chase, Sheen pulled it up by its lead so that it was hanging in the air, with its back legs kicking the water below.

“The dog was in a distressed state and making choking noises.

“Later that month, Sheen was again seen firing a catapult at swans on the river, before deliberately setting a dog on one of the swans.

“The dog chased the swan in the river and as it approached, the swan flapped its wings defensively.

“Along with eye witness accounts, a photograph was presented to the court in evidence of the swan with its wings spread out with the dog in the water approaching it.

“These were appalling attacks that caused much distress to the animals involved and the members of the public who witnessed them.

“This case serves as a warning to others that this type of behaviour will not be tolerated and anyone caught carrying out offences of this nature will be robustly prosecuted and punished.”

Sentencing: 260 hours of unpaid work within a year. Disqualified from owning or controlling any dog for two years (expires July 2020). Both of his dogs taken away from him. Banned from visiting Riverside Park or the river for 12 months.

Bournemouth Echo

Preston, Lancashire: Carl Thomas Richardson

#TheList Carl Thomas Richardson, born c. 1981, most recently of Rose Lane, Holme Slack, Preston PR1 – kicked his pet dog “like a rugby ball” while drunk

Carl Thomas Richardson: career criminal, dog abuser.
Carl Thomas Richardson: career criminal, dog abuser. What is the POINT of him?

Richardson, a prolific criminal with  84 convictions for 137 offences, admitted kicking his dog, Pepper (not pictured), but said he was dazed after being violently assaulted.

Richardson got drunk at his grandfather’s funeral and was later left bleeding when a man assaulted him near his home, the bench at Preston Magistrates’ Court heard.

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A police officer arriving at the scene on August 23, 2017, saw Richardson with blood over his face, staggering about in the road and waving his arms before kicking three-year-old Pepper.

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It came to light during Richard’s appeal hearing that the police officer made a statement claiming Richardson drop kicked Pepper “like a rugby ball”, causing the dog to fly across the road. He had also made remarks he kicked the animal because it had not bitten his assailants “like it was supposed to”.

Convicted dog abuser and useless career criminal Carl Thomas Richardson from Preston
Convicted dog abuser and useless career criminal Carl Thomas Richardson from Preston

The judge was critical of the decision not to allow the police officer to give evidence during the original hearing.

He said: “We reject this application.

“The defendant deliberately kicked the dog on the street, whether it’s his dog or someone else’s is irrelevant.”

He pointed out the penalty would have been “far more severe” if the officer’s evidence was admitted.

Richardson admitted failing to ensure her needs were met.

Total of £435 fines, costs and charges (ordered to pay an additional £250 in costs for his unsuccessful appeal). Banned from keeping animals for three years (expires June 2021).  

Lancashire Post 18/04/2018
Lancashire Post 15/06/2018

Liverpool: Dylan Uttley

#TheList county lines drug dealer Dylan Uttley (also known as Dylan Ojapah), born 09/06/1998, most recent known address Onslow Road, Liverpool L6 3BA – took selfies with a woman’s Lhasa Apso before killing the dog by hanging him

North Wales Police mugshot of Dylan Uttley, also known as Dylan Ojapah.

Dylan Uttley had asked a Peterhead woman if he could use her home to sell drugs – a practice known as “cuckooing.”

Aberdeen Sheriff Court heard that she refused – but left the property to go and stay with a friend.

When she returned the next day, she discovered her home had been broken into – and spotted her beloved Lhasa Apso hanging from a door.

She smashed a window to get in and desperately tried to resuscitate the dog before realising he was dead.

The court heard neighbours heard her screams, and called the police.

Photo of Dylan Uttley

Police searched a property on Seaton Drive in Aberdeen the following month, and came across Uttley.

Fiscal depute Eilidh Wright said: “Photographs of the accused and of the dead dog were recovered.

“An examination established these photographs had been taken at the locus, the first image was a selfie of the accused taken before hanging the dog.”

Uttley, whose address was given in court papers as Polmont YOI, admitted killing the dog.

Photo of Dylan Uttley

He also confessed to supplying cocaine and diamorphine in August and September 2017.

Sheriff Jack Brown locked Uttley up for three years, and told him: “It is evident that you are not at the lowest end of the chain as far as this supply is concerned and you openly accept you employed others to sell drugs.”

He described the killing of the dog as a “singularly evil, callous and barbaric act” which Uttley “compounded by taking photographs of it.”

Sentencing: three years in jail.

Press and Journal

In July 2018 Uttley was locked up for a further three years after being caught dealing crack cocaine in North Wales.

Wickford, Essex: Tyler Gilford-Farley

#TheList Tyler Gilford-Farley, born c. 1999, most recent known address Alderney Gardens, Wickford, Essex SS11 – failed to seek treatment for his pet cat’s (unexplained) burn injuries

Police mugshot of drug dealing animal abuser Tyler Gilford-Farley.

Convicted drug dealer Tyler Gilford-Farley, who has links to London, Welwyn Garden City, Basingstoke and the West Midlands, was found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to a cat named Haze.

Farley, a father of one with another child on the way, had failed to seek urgent veterinary care after Haze had suffered significant burns to his face and eyes on October 3, 2017. The cause of Haze’s terrible injuries are not explained.

Haze and a second cat, named Kush, are to be rehomed by the RSPCA.

Sentencing: 18 months’ detention, suspended for 12 months. 25 days of probationary activity. 100 hours of unpaid work. Compensation of £1,062, £200 court costs and £115 victim surcharged. Banned from keeping any animal for just two years (expires April 2020).

Welwyn Hatfield Times

In December 2018 Gilford-Farley was sentenced to four years and nine months for drug dealing offices alongside partner Faith Willis and accomplice Ian Brown. The trio were part of a violent drugs syndicate known as the WEZ network which had been operating in Basingstoke and Dean.

Basingstoke Gazette

Chorley, Lancashire: Aiden Francis Daly

#TheList Aiden Francis Daly, born c. 1996, most recently of Seymour Street, Chorley PR6 0SR – repeatedly kicked a man’s pet dog

Aiden Daly

Preston Crown Court heard career criminal Daly was given a 16 month jail term suspended for two years in January 2018 after admitting an affray in May 2017 in which he waved a machete at Jordan Reynolds.

But just over a month later he committed further offences against Mr Reynolds and his pet dog when he saw them outside a shop in Leyland.

Daly, who at just 21 already has a long list of criminal convictions, admitted causing unnecessary suffering to the dog, a public order offence, and breaching a suspended jail term.

“At the time in February these offences were committed he found himself outside McColl’s where he saw Reynolds. He saw Mr Reynolds tie up his dog and go into the shop. He said before the complainant went in there he thought he had been staring at him and that made him upset.

Aiden Daly
Loser Aiden Daly is dressed smartly for his new job, ooops, make that latest court appearance.

Paul Cummings, prosecuting, said: “The defendant knows a man called Jordan Reynolds involved in the case from last May. As a result of that case it was said he was still very upset with Mr Reynolds

“He knew that dog could be vicious because he had been bitten by it previously but nevertheless he decided to kick it.

” When Mr Reynolds came out he said: ‘Kick the dog again and see what happens.’

” A fight then took place outside the shop. A scuffle took place on the pavement. After that came to an end he went over again and kicked the dog and then he walked away.”

Recorder David Swinnerton was told Daly, who is subject to supervision, smirked when probation officers had tried to assist him and had said: “Probation makes me laugh.”

Photo of dog abuser Aiden Daly holding a machete.
Daly fancies himself as some kind of hard man, but then attacks a helpless dog, which makes him a pathetic coward.

Sentencing Daly he said: “You are 21 and are already amassing a lengthy criminal record. Since 2009 you’ve have 25 convictions for 44 offences.

” Not only were you on breach of the order, you had offended against the same person.”

Sentencing: 19 months in jail.

Lancashire Post

Ashton-under-Lyne, Tameside: Paul Hands, Darren Barnfather, John McCarthy and Darren Bagnall

#TheList Paul Hands, 38; Darren Barnfather, 51; John McCarthy, 52; and Darren Bagnall, 51, all of Ashton-under-Lyne – brutally battered a dog and her owner

Violent thugs and animal abusers Paul Hands, Darren Barnfather, John McCarthy and Darren Bagnall all of Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester

The 46-year-old victim and his dog were set upon by four men – armed with a golf club, a pool cue and electrical wire – after they objected to him using one of their wheelie bins to dispose of bagged dog waste.

The horrific attack, which took place on Holebottom in Ashton-under-Lyne, Tameside , in July 2016, left the man with a fractured skull, a bleed on his brain and a fractured collar bone.

Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court heard that the victim disposed of the bag in a bin outside an address where Paul Hands was staying.

Hands flew into a rage and started hurling abuse at the man and threatening him.

The man walked away, but the next day the group spotted him while he was out walking his dog.

They armed themselves before surrounding him on a footpath and attacking him.

John McCarthy was seen swinging the crossbreed dog  around by her lead at shoulder height before Barnfather smashed a piece of wood over her back.

The badly injured victim managed to make his way home before collapsing and being rushed to hospital, where he underwent emergency surgery.

The dog survived the attack but the extent of her injuries has not been reported.

Darren Barnfather (born ca. 1966) of 7 Holebottom, Ashton-under-Lyne OL6 8SJ was jailed for 11 years for section 18 assaults

Paul Hands (born ca. 1979), of number 3 Holebottom, who in 2008 was imprisoned alongside brother Andrew Hands for viciously beating a priest, was convicted alongside  was jailed for 13 years for section 18 assault.

John McCarthy (born ca. 1965) of Holebottom, and Darren Bagnall (born ca. 1966) of Hindley Close were both jailed for two-and-a- half years for a section 20 assault.

Manchester Evening News
The Independent
Hands’ previous conviction: BBC News