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Towyn, Abergele: Steven Lock

#TheList horse abuser Steven Martin Lock, born c. 1964, of Penisaf Avenue, Towyn, Abergele LL22 9LL

Gypsy traveller Steven Lock abuses horses and has also ripped off elderly people
Gypsy traveller Steven Lock abuses horses and has also ripped off elderly people through his dodgy building firms Coastal Home Improvements Ltd and Westcoast Roofing

Gypsy traveller Steven Lock pleaded guilty to four Animal Welfare Act offences related to his “appalling” and “long-running” treatment of equines.

The 54-year-old, a notorious rogue trader with a conviction for ripping off elderly customers, admitted offences relating to the mistreatment of seven mares and one stallion.

RSPCA Cymru had long been monitoring the welfare of a number of horses, located at fields off Tan-y-Fron Road in Abergele.
Despite repeated warnings and the provision of advice – the welfare of a number of the animals started to decline sharply over the autumn of 2018.

Horses neglected by gypsy traveller Steven Lock of Abergele, North Wales
Steven Lock has been banned from keeping animals for a decade following his “appalling” and “long-running” treatment of horses

In October 2018 officers removed three mares and a filly from the site, all of whom were very underweight and had severe diarrhoea.
Three foals belonging to the mares were also removed, because they were too young to come away from their mothers.

A further three mares, a filly and a stallion were removed in December 2018, many appearing thin, and living in muddy conditions. One was found to be suffering, while the remainder were not having their needs sufficiently met.

Two horses had to be euthanised after becoming seriously unwell. A post-mortem examination of them showed they had serious liver damage thought to be caused from ragwort as well as internal damage caused by parasites.

RSPCA inspector Jenny Anderton said: “This was a really difficult case to work on, given the repeated attempts and efforts we made to support this individual with caring for the horses.

“We worked closely with World Horse Welfare to help these horses, and we’re very grateful, as always, for their support, assistance and expertise.

“Sadly, the man’s failure to provide proper care was long-running, and some of the treatment these horses endured was appalling.

“Many were very thin, and living in wholly inappropriate muddy conditions. Others were struggling with severe diarrhoea and urgently needed help.

“Owning equines should be a privilege – but despite repeated warnings and attempts of help, this individual repeatedly failed to give the equines the care they so desperately needed.

“I hope this incident highlights to people how important it is to give equines appropriate treatment for parasites, be vigilant against the toxic plant ragwort as well as consulting your vet at the first sign of any illness.

“Horses have complex needs, are expensive to keep properly and time-consuming to look after.

“I would urge anyone considering taking on a horse to ensure they have the necessary financial means and specialist knowledge before they do so.”

Sentencing: curfew; ordered to pay £250 towards costs. Ten-year ban on keeping animals.

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Llanrwst, Conwy, North Wales: Dylan Edwards

#TheList Dylan Marcus Edwards, born 04/02/1967, of Plas Helyg, Llanrwst LL26 0ES – bludgeoned a tame feral cat to death at hotel

Cat killer Dylan Marcus Edwards of Llanrwst, North Wales
Cat killer Dylan Edwards pictured outside court

Edwards pleaded guilty to the charge of causing a cat unnecessary suffering.

The case followed the killing of a cat in the kitchen of the Royal Oak Hotel in Betws y Coed – which prompted widespread anger among the local community and on social media.

The court heard how the animal was beaten to death with a piece of wood on December 2., 2016.

Edwards, who had served as a Head Chef and Catering Manager at the hotel, was dismissed by management before court proceedings.

RSPCA inspector Phil Lewis said: “To bludgeon a cat to death in this way is a heinous crime, and it is no surprise there was such widespread condemnation to this act across North Wales.

“With no body or witnesses to the incident, this was a complex investigation, but RSPCA Cymru worked hard to ensure legal ramifications were faced for this despicable action.

“The poor cat was chased, caught and beaten, in what must have been a terrifying experience, causing unimaginable pain. Ignorance of the law is no excuse for such cruelty.”

Sentencing: 18-week prison sentence, suspended for two years; 250 hours of unpaid work; £750 in costs. Disqualified from owning any animal for four years.


Llandudno: Richard Thomas Davies

#TheList Richard Thomas Davies, born 15/12/1983, of 62 Cae Mawr, Llandudno LL30 2EW – flung a kitten around by her tail before hurling her into a pond and letting her drown

Loser and cruel bastard Richard Thomas Davies who drowned a helpless kitten to punish his child
Alcoholic loser and cruel bastard Richard Thomas Davies who drowned a helpless kitten to punish his child

Thomas admitted causing unnecessary suffering to an animal at a pond near an adventure playground in Rhyl.

Prosecutor James Neary told the court that a young girl saw the kitten in the water.

“She immediately took off her coat and went in the pond to save the kitten’s life,” he said.

“The defendant grabbed her by both arms and he was laughing and said ‘you will not have a kitten ever again’.”

Children pulled the kitten from the water and tried in vain to save it.

“The defendant seemed to find the whole situation amusing. He had a smug look on his face,” Mr Neary said.

The kitten had been promised to a girl who had already chosen a name for the pet and when seen by the police she was very upset, the prosecutor added.

Court chairman Brian Cossey told Davies: ”This was very horrific and callous. We are appalled by what we have heard. You probably traumatised a very young vulnerable person.

“We have considered an immediate prison sentence but we have stepped back.”

A probation officer said Davies felt “sick” about his behaviour, having made no attempt to save the kitten. He was on state benefit.

Defence solicitor Dafydd Roberts said: ”This was a particularly mean offence. He’s gutted about what happened that day. It was in drink. The defendant has been blighted by alcoholism.”

However, he was now “very different” from the man who committed the unpleasant offence in August , the lawyer added.

Sentence: 12-week suspended jail term; alcohol treatment and rehabilitation; £50 compensation and £735 costs;  banned from keeping an animal for five years (expires February 2022).

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Colwyn Bay, North Wales: James Nicholson

#TheList James David Nicholson, born 22/04/1984, at the time of conviction of Station Road, Colwyn Bay, but as at March 2020 living at 67 Pocket Nook Street, St Helens WA9 1NQ – repeatedly beat his dog and hung him from a lamp-post

Dog abuser James David Nicholson

Nicholson, who works as a part-time DJ under the name N-Tyce, was caught on camera hanging Jack Russell terrier Sweep from a lamp-post as he waited for a takeaway.

Magistrates watched CCTV footage showing Sweep cowering as his owner repeatedly beat him. Nicholson then hung the terrified dog from a lamp-post, before flinging him across a pavement.

Nicholson, who sobbed as he watched the footage in court, was told the attack had caused Sweep “physiological trauma”.

He admitted causing unnecessary suffering to an animal.

Chris Dawson, prosecuting for the RSPCA, said: “He left the dog hanging off the windowsill. When asked why he had done that, he said ‘He kept barking.’

“He said he’d had a bad night, but he hadn’t meant to take it out on the dog.”

Nicholson cried heavily while the footage was played to magistrates, and often shielded his eyes away from the screen.

Magistrates’ chairman Howie Roberts told Nicholson: “Quite frankly, we were disgusted by what we saw on the video.

“We hope you show a lot more respect for the animals in your care.”

Nicholson, a part-time DJ from Station Road, was caught on film outside the Bay Grill takeaway on Seaview Road, Colwyn Bay, just after midnight on 4 September 2005.

He was told he could not take the dog into the shop, but became increasingly angry at the pet barking while he was waiting outside.
It was then the brown and white dog’s ordeal started.

The CCTV footage shows the pet being whipped with the handle of the lead several times, flinching at every sudden blow.

Sweep tried to flee the attack, but was stopped from running away because of his lead.

Nicholson then lifted up the dog by the lead, with the Jack Russell hanging in mid-air. His owner tied the top of the lead to a lamppost, and hung the pet there for a few seconds.

But Nicholson seemed to realise the upset he caused Sweep, and took him into his arms. He held the dog close, and peppered him with kisses.

On the walk home, with a petrified Sweep dragging behind on the lead, Nicholson violently yanked the lead, flinging his pet over several feet.

He then kicked Sweep in the side of his body.

An RSPCA report said: “The persistent nature of the behaviour has caused the dog unnecessary suffering, primarily physiological trauma.”

It adds: “The body language of the dog clearly showed that the dog was afraid and repeatedly tried to get away, but was restricted by the lead.”

Gwyndaf Pari, defending, said: “It was a one-off offence, one at the lower end of the scale, perhaps one that was impulsive and one after which he has shown genuine remorse.

“Since then, he has looked after the dog well.

“It is an animal clearly loved by Mr Nicholson.

“He has certainly learned his lesson since, and was dealing with the stress a relatively new job brought. It is something that worried him.”

Sentencing: fined £250 with £262 court costs. He was not banned from keeping animals and was allowed to keep Sweep.

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