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Flimby, Cumbria: Callum Frew

#TheList Callum Jay Frew, born June 1997, of Lavender Hill, Flimby Brow, Flimby, Maryport CA15 8TD – member of a gang of sadistic hunters that inflicted pain and suffering on wildlife

Callum Frew
Callum Frew is banned from keeping all animals for life

Callum Frew is the final member of a vile hunting gang to be sentenced for persecuting badgers, foxes and deer. The other members, Dillon Broderick, Kai Cartwright, John James Thompson and Scott David Martin Walpole, were sentenced in August 2020.

Company director Frew admitted a total of ten offences. These include wilfully killing a badger, causing suffering to a fox by encouraging dogs to chase and attack it, failing to provide veterinary care for his lurcher who had infected painful injuries to its face. They happened between 2018 and 2019

The prosecution came after an RSPCA investigation into material depicting wildlife crime was discovered on a mobile phone by police looking into a separate case. The RSPCA’s Special Operations Unit launched an investigation into footage showing the men badger digging and baiting. Further investigation then revealed more offences against Frew.

Investigating officer Jason Bowles said: “The footage shows the men and their dogs inflicting pain and suffering on innocent wildlife.

“Badger baiting and digging are brutal and illegal blood sports which sees violence being inflicted on wild animals as well as painful injuries on the dogs who are used.

“Frew and others appeared in images and footage showing the men out with their dogs, digging down into badger setts and setting dogs on the animals. It’s extremely upsetting to see the badger being attacked by the dogs and to hear their cries as they’re killed. We then discovered that there was more evidence against Frew showing him setting his dogs on foxes and badgers and brought more charges against him.”

PC Samantha O’Key, Cumbria police wildlife, rural and environmental crime coordinator, said: “We are very pleased with the outcome of this investigation and the subsequent convictions that have been brought against the individuals, as Cumbria Police takes animal cruelty very seriously.

“We worked diligently with our RSPCA colleagues and this is a good example of partnership working at its most effective.”

Sentencing: concurrent jail terms of 120 days on each offence, suspended for 18 months. Community order with 26-week curfew and 100 hours of unpaid work. Ordered to pay costs of £2,000 and a victim surcharge of £122. His mobile phones were ordered to be destroyed. Disqualified from keeping all animals for life. Deprivation order on two whippet-type dogs.

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Hartlepool, County Durham: Thomas Wade

#TheList Thomas Andrew Wade, born 02/03/1993, previously of Mellor Street, Stockton-on-Tees, but as of September 2020 living in an NHS care facility in Park Avenue, Hartlepool TS26 0DZ – subjected his pet cat to prolonged torture which included putting her into a hot oven and flushing her down the toilet

Thomas Wade pictured outside court
Thomas Wade aka ‘Evil Tom’

Wade claimed in court he heard voices from a WWE wrestler named Kane before launching the attack on the cat, known as Sweetie. During her ordeal, which came after she apparently “disobeyed” her twisted owner, Sweetie was put in a hot oven, flushed in a toilet, strangled with a TV cord and thrown against walls.

Wade then made disturbing voice recordings of himself where he spoke in detail about carrying out the horrific abuse and proclaimed: “No one can be more evil than myself.”

Despite the sickening cruelty, Sweetie miraculously survived the ordeal, but was hospitalised with severe third degree burns.

Wade pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to an animal during his appearance at Teesside Magistrates’ Court.

Stuart Haywood, prosecuting, said loner Wade, who has learning difficulties and autism, received Sweetie as a gift from his sister as she thought it would be “good for him”.

The tabby was then given to Wade for a three week trial before possible adoption.

But on October 8, 2019, Wade went to his sister’s home and told her the cat “was not wanted anymore”.

Thomas Wade pictured outside court

Mr Haywood said his sister then went to Wade’s home where she “smelled a strong smell of burning”.

“The defendant was sitting on a settee and the cat was wet and breathing rapidly, he refused to say why,” he said.

He added that fur was then found in Wade’s oven. After more questions, Wade finally admitted what he had done, saying that it “felt good”.

His sister immediately notified the RSPCA and Sweetie was taken to a vet where she was found to be in a “terrible condition”.

She had sustained skin damage and “significant” third degree burns before being hospitalised.

The police soon became involved and Wade was arrested.

Rambling voice recordings were later discovered of Wade speaking about the abuse.

In the recordings, one of which was eight minutes long, he spoke in detail about attacking Sweetie.

In one sinister recording he said, “No one can be more evil than myself” and said he wanted to “rip out its tongue” after seeing her struggle while being “choke slammed”.

In another he referred to himself as “evil Tom”.

In police interview, Wade said he “threw her against four walls” and said he carried out the violence in part because he claimed he heard voice in his head from the WWE wrestling character, Kane, in his head.

Wade was also remorseless, telling officers “she had not suffered enough”.

He said he put the terrified cat in the oven “on high for five minutes” after throwing her against a wall and said he became infuriated at Sweetie for “disobeying” his orders for her not to go under his bed. The court heard that Wade had “no mental health” issues, but did have learning difficulties.

Matthew Agar, defending, said the incident was “shocking”, and said he “did not want to minimise” the offence.

He said it was his view Wade’s learning disability was a “contributing factor” and that he had serious concerns for him.

Mr Agar added that Wade was now aware of the severity of the offence and that he felt Wade had something like a “split-personality”.

He said that Wade had moved to Teesside from Grimsby and would “go weeks” without any other contact with people.

Sentencing Wade, district judge, Helen Cousins called him an “extremely dangerous man” and that she would liked to have “put him in prison for as long as I could”.

Sentencing: 18-week prison sentence, suspended for two years. Six months of mental health treatment. 30 rehabilitation activity days and 18-week hospital curfew. £440 costs. Banned from keeping pets for 10 years (expires 2030).

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Glynneath, Neath Port Talbot: Greg Phillips

#TheList Greg Phillips, born January 1980, of Ynyslas Crescent, Glynneath SA11 5LB – repeatedly punched his cocker spaniel

Greg Phillips, who was caught on camera launching a brutally violent attack on his helpless dog
Greg Phillips was caught on camera launching a brutally violent attack on his helpless dog

Phillips was caught on dashcam footage shoving his dog into the back of his car outside a shop on Pentre Street, Glynneath, Neath Port Talbot, on 31 March, 2020.

Dashcam footage showed him grabbing hold of the dog as she jumped out of his car when he went to put a crate of beer on the back seat.

Greg Phillips' three dogs, including the cocker spaniel he attacked
Greg Phillips’ three dogs, including the cocker spaniel he attacked

He then punched her several times, before throwing her into the boot along with other dogs, and then striking her again.

Passers-by can be heard hooting their car horns and shouting at him to stop.

RSPCA Inspector Keith Hogben said: “In broad daylight and with people all around, this poor dog was beaten by his owner, who clearly had no regard for his legal responsibilities towards his animal.

“Fortunately, the dashcam footage helped us to identify this individual and ensure we could take action.

“Clearly, this is no way to treat an animal, and thankfully, the vast majority of people across south Wales and beyond will be shocked by this footage, and the beating this poor cocker spaniel was subjected to.”

Sentencing: 150 hours of unpaid work; a total of £390 costs and charges. No ban or deprivation order.

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North Wales Live

Lochgelly, Fife: Martin Davidson

#TheList Martin Davidson, born 12/10/1995, of Abbotsford Road, Lochore, Lochgelly KY5 8DT- trained four dogs to violently bait wild animals including badgers ; failed to treat his dogs’ fighting injuries

Martin Davidson social media image
Martin Davidson

Davidson kept videos of his dogs viciously attacking foxes and sickeningly posed for pictures with the injured or dead animals.

The father-of-two trained his dogs for animal fighting including badger baiting.

Dog with horrific facial scarring
Davidson failed to take any of his dogs for veterinary treatment for their horrific facial injuries

He pleaded guilty to the charge along with failing to provide veterinary treatment to an injured dog in his care.

Davidson was investigated by the Scottish SPCA after the charity received intelligence about his behaviour.

A sheriff deferred Davidson’s sentencing until October 2, 2020, but issued him with an interim ban of owning, keeping or dealing with dogs for the next five years.

Martin Davidson social media image
Doomed: Davidson with his offspring

Three of the dogs involved in the case were male, brindle coloured bull lurchers named Tramp, Mojo and Sid. The other was a female, white and tan, Staffordshire bull terrier named Lady.

The dogs were found injured as a result of the hunting and are now in the care of the SSPCA where they will be rehabilitated.

Shameless Davidson regularly uploads images of shocking animal cruelty to social media
Shameless Davidson regularly uploads images of shocking animal cruelty to social media

An SSPCA special investigations unit undercover inspector, who cannot be named, said: “We received intelligence that Davidson was keeping and training dogs for the purposes of animal fighting.

“We obtained a search warrant and gained entry to the home of Davidson where we found the four dogs.

One of the dogs rescued from a life of pain and misery at the hands of monstrous Martin Davidson
One of the dogs rescued from a life of pain and misery at the hands of monstrous Martin Davidson

“The Staffordshire bull terrier, Lady, was in the house. She had significant scarring to her muzzle and lower jaw. These injuries are consistent with animal fighting, in particular badger baiting.

“The three lurchers were found outdoors in a kennel and run in the rear garden, far too small for their size and breed. Two had obvious, fresh injuries to their ears and heads.

“We also found animal fighting paraphernalia at Davidson’s residence.

Social media post claiming it's
“It’s all lies!” Davidson’s foul-mouthed partner tries to convince people (maybe even herself) that he’s just misunderstood

“This included hunting gear, blood-stained wellies and a spot lamp commonly using for lamping with dogs, which is hunting at night.

“Multiple images were discovered of his dogs pictured with dead animals at night. Some featured the dogs viciously gripping foxes between their jaws.

“During interview, Davidson admitted that the four dogs were not registered with a vet and did not receive any medication or treatment to ease their suffering from any of the injuries they had sustained

“Other photos showed Lady, Tramp, Mojo and Sid in the back of Davidson’s vehicle at night with fresh injuries. Our expert vets determined these were consistent with animal fighting, specifically with badgers and foxes.

“The disregard that Davidson had for the welfare of the wild animals he forced his dogs to fight, and for his own dogs, is unfathomable. The dogs are in our care and are currently receiving the rehabilitation they need.

“We are pleased the sheriff issued the immediate ban which will stop Davidson owning or having any dealings with dogs.

“By ordering this, the sheriff is recognising the immediate threat that Davidson poses to any canine in his care. We look forward to the full sentencing in this case.

Central Fife Times
Daily Record

Bournemouth, Dorset: Jamie Elsworthy

#TheList Jamie Dennis Gordon Elsworthy, also known as Jamie Hill, born c. 1970, of Bath Road, Bournemouth – hurled a dog against a wall in a beer garden after hitting and kicking him

Police mugshot of Jamie Elsworthy
Police mugshot of lifelong loser Jamie Elsworthy

Elsworthy admitted committing the offence in Woodend Road in Bournemouth on April 14, 2019.

It took place in the beer garden of the Buffalo Bar when it was in Woodend Road in Winton. The bar has since been relocated.

Police issued a CCTV appeal at the time because officers were unable to identify Elsworthy or the owner of the dog.

The appeal appeared in the Daily Echo and prompted more than 100 readers to voice their anger.

CCTV footage of Elsworthy attacking the dog
CCTV footage of bullyboy Elsworthy attacking the helpless dog

Elsworthy pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal, namely a dog, by throwing it against a wall, kicking it and hitting it when he appeared before Poole magistrates on Friday August 21.

The charge was brought under the Animal Welfare Act 2006.

Police said the dog did not suffer any lasting injuries.

Elsworthy also pleaded guilty to failing to surrender to custody at Poole magistrates’ court on August 9, 2019.

A spokesperson for the RSPCA said: “This was an upsetting and shocking attack and no animal should be treated this way.”

Sentencing: community order with a rehabilitation activity requirement and 80 hours of unpaid work. He was ordered to carry out a further 100 hours of unpaid work for failing to surrender to custody. Total of £170 costs and charges. Three-year ban on keeping animals (expires August 2023).

Daily Echo

Ribbleton, Preston: Steven Klein, Melanie Harding, Kelly Oldham

#TheList Steven Klein, born c. 1969, his partner Melanie Harding, born 20/01/1972, and their lodger Kelly Marie Oldham, born c. 1999, all of Rowan Avenue, Ribbleton, Preston PR2 6QE – charges relating to the physical and mental abuse of four dogs

Steven Klein social media photo
Steven Klein

Staffies Trinity, Harley, Quinn and Petrol were heard yelping by a neighbour as Steven Klein hit, kicked and threw things at them.

Preston Magistrates’ Court heard a witness’s flat overlooks a communal area where Klein, who owns Harley, his girlfriend Melanie Harding – owner of Trinity and Quinn – and their lodger Kelly Oldham, Petrol’s owner, keep their dogs.

The neighbour reported she had seen and filmed Klein losing his temper, shouting and swearing at the dogs and being physically abusive on an “almost daily basis” and reported it to Gateway Housing, which in turn reported it to the RSPCA.

Mel Harding and Kelly Oldham
Mel Harding and Kelly Oldham

RSPCA prosecutor Paul Ridehalgh said: “The case involves potentially painful and frightening handling and control methods employed by Stephen Klein which were known and observed by Melanie Harding and Kelly Oldham and they failed to protect their dogs from Stephen Klein.

“She has observed the dogs cry out after being hurt and they appear scared of Mr Klein. She has provided CCTV video of the communal area showing various incidents that have occurred and this video corroborates her written description of the incidents.”

One of the four dogs physically abused by Steven Klein
One of the four dogs physically abused by Steven Klein

Videos show Klein kicking a lighter coloured dog, who ran away lame in the right hind leg, holding another dog down and forcibly slapping her, and swiping at a dog with the broom, hitting his head.

Further video evidence shows Klein pick up a ball and throw it forcefully at a dog, into his side, as he tries to run past.

In May 2019 the dogs were seized and the three defendants interviewed.

One of the four dogs physically abused by Steven Klein

In interview Klein claimed that he would use a stick to “control” the dogs and after being shown the video clips he claimed that he was “just playing” with the dogs.

He denied failing to ensure their needs were met by failing to protect them from suffering but was found guilty after a trial.

Sentencing:
Klein: ordered to pay a total of £570 in fines, costs and charges. Banned from keeping animals for six years (expires August 2026).
Harding and Oldham, who were described in court as ‘vulnerable’ were ordered to pay £300 costs. They were banned from keeping animals for four years (expires August 2024).

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Ystradgynlais, Swansea: Brandon Woods

#TheList Brandon Woods, born c. 1994, previously of Merthyr Tydfil and now Swansea – set fire to a neighbour’s budgie using an aerosol at the age of 14.

Brandon Woods
Brandon Woods’ sadistic behaviour against a helpless budgie was a red flag for the long history of violent crime to come

This is a horrific case of (non animal) violence from August 2020 but it’s mentioned in the newspaper report that Woods’ first offence was in 2008 when he set fire to a neighbour’s budgie using an aerosol so that earns him an entry on #TheList.

I can’t find the original media but I would imagine he was never named as he was only around 14 at the time.

Woods now has been sentenced to 15 months in jail (half in custody and the remainder on licence) after attacking a young woman.

The woman was left with more than 60 bruises and scratches on her face and body after the “cowardly” assault.

Some of the wounds left by Woods were described as looking like “claw marks”.

Woods; offending began in 2008 when he was a young teenager and he set fire to a neighbour’s budgie.

A judge said at the time that Woods’ pattern of offending demonstrated a “worrying personality trait” and he said he had concerns the defendant would go on to become a “very dangerous man” unless he changed his ways.

Woods’ convictions include spitting at a police officer, battery, criminal damage, drink-driving, driving while disqualified, witness intimidation, drugs matters, and two for assault occasioning actual bodily harm – one of these had seen him attack his mother and then go on to squirt ketchup around the house.

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Darlington, County Durham: Joseph Pocklington

#TheList Joseph Pocklington, born 16/10/1990, of Marshall Street, Darlington DL3 – ‘lost his temper’ and punched his pet dog in the face numerous times before dragging her by the neck

Joseph Pocklington
Joseph Pocklington was filmed punching his dog by a woman in her car

Joseph Pocklington was spotted by a woman in Crown Street, Darlington, who filmed the abuse on her phone before confronting him and taking the dog.

The witness then called the police who later found Pocklington asleep in a nearby church yard.

Joseph Pocklington social media image

Alan Davies, prosecuting, said: “At around 4.20pm on Sunday, December 22, a witness was waiting to pick up her daughter on Crown Street in Darlington.

“She noticed the defendant sat on some steps with a black lurcher or greyhound type of dog on a short lead.

“She recorded him grabbing the dog by the neck, dragging it towards him and punching it to the face a number of times.

“The witness and her daughter challenged him and took the dog, he became upset by this and left. The witness then contacted the police who found him sleeping in a church yard.

“He was arrested and told police ‘yeah, I did give my dog a few slaps,’ he was then shown footage from the incident and became upset, saying he could not remember assaulting the dog and could only remember getting angry because the dog was trying to run into the traffic.”

Pocklington pleaded guilty to one count of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal.

Joseph Pocklington social media image

Stephen Andrews, mitigating, said his client’s behaviour was out of character and he was very upset having watched the footage of the incident.

He said: “You have heard that when he was interviewed he became very upset and that’s because he was appalled by what he seen.

“You have a gentleman here who would describe himself as a dog lover. He has kept dogs for many years without any issues whatsoever, he looked after them and he protected them.

“How then does he end up before you for an offence of this type? He has over a period of time abused alcohol and has essentially become alcohol dependant.

“He has no recollection of the incident, but he tells me he can remember his feet becoming tangled with the dog lead and becoming angry.

“You have heard that police found him asleep in a public area a short time after, and that is because he was so intoxicated. He is incredibly remorseful.”

Sentencing: 12-month community order; total of £180 in costs and charges. Banned from keeping animals for two years (expires August 2022).

Northern Echo
Darlington & Stockton Times

West Cumbrian Badger Baiters : Dillon Broderick, Kai Cartwright, John James Thompson and Scott Walpole

#TheList badger baiting lowlifes Dillon Broderick, born 25/10/1996, of 1 Lowcroft, Main Street, Maryport CA15 7DN, Kai Cartwright, born 27/09/1997 , of 33 Alexander Close, Workington CA14 3HQ, John James Thompson, born 25/07/1992, of 29 Harriston, Aspatria, Wigton CA7 2ED and Scott David Martin Walpole, born 09/04/1990 of 13 East Crescent, Aspatria, Wigton CA7 3EF

Police mugshots of the four West Cumbrian badger baiters
Killers: the four men were given suspended sentences for their multiple barbaric crimes against wildlife

Wildlife persecutors Broderick, Cartwright, Thompson and Walpole were all given suspended prison sentences for cruelty towards badgers and deer. Mobile phone footage was handed to the RSPCA by police, who were investigating Walpole for an unrelated crime [in April 2019 he alongside Broderick and Thompson were jailed for their part in an organised crime gang targeting ATM machines]. This showed the four men badger digging and baiting.

Horrific footage showing men digging out badgers was found on Scott Walpole's mobile phone
Horrific footage showing men digging out badgers was found on Scott Walpole’s mobile phone

Dillon Broderick pleaded guilty to wilfully killing a badger on February 18, 2018; killing a deer during the close season on March 11, 2018; killing a deer at night on the same date; killing a deer during the close season on March 13, 2018; wilfully killing a badger on April 15, 2018; and interfering with a badger sett on April 15, 2018 by causing a dog to enter it with intent or being reckless as to whether his actions would have that consequence.

Horrific footage showing men digging out badgers was found on Scott Walpole's mobile phone

Scott Walpole pleaded guilty to the same offences as Broderick, as well as admitting to intentionally killing two mallards on April 4, 2018.

Horrific footage showing men digging out badgers was found on Scott Walpole's mobile phone

Kai Cartwright and John Thompson both admitted to wilfully killing a badger on April 15, 2018 and interfering with a badger sett on April 15, 2018 by causing a dog to enter it with intent or being reckless as to whether their actions would have that consequence.

Horrific footage showing men digging out badgers was found on Scott Walpole's mobile phone
Caught in the act: Dillon Broderick

Investigating officer Jason Bowles said: “On the phone we found multiple images and videos showing the men out with their dogs, digging into badger setts and setting their dogs on badgers.

“This ‘sport’ is cruel and barbaric, and I’m sure this footage would be incredibly upsetting for the public to see.”

PC Samantha O’Key, Cumbria Police wildlife, rural and environmental crime coordinator, said: “We are very pleased with the outcome of this investigation and the subsequent convictions that have been brought against these individuals, as Cumbria Police takes animal cruelty very seriously. We worked diligently with our RSPCA colleagues and this is a good example of partnership working at its most effective.”

Sentencing:

Broderick and Walpole each received a two-month jail sentence, suspended for 18 months, for the crimes against the deer, as well as a four-month jail sentence suspended for 18 months, for the other offences. The court also ordered them to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work.

Cartwright and Thompson were each given a four-month jail term, suspended for 18 months, and were ordered to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work.

All defendants were banned from having custody of a dog for life, or until a further order is made.

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South Hylton, Sunderland: Aaron Ray

#TheList Aaron Ray, born c. 2002, of 29 Mayfield Road, Sunderland SR4 0NE – stabbed a pet cockatiel to death in a fit of rage

Police mugshot of violent animal abuser Aaron Ray
Police mugshot of violent animal abuser Aaron Ray

Aaron Ray left the unnamed family pet with fatal injuries after plunging a knife into the back of her neck.

Northumbria Police officers found the deceased bird after being called to Ray’s home following reports of a disturbance. When questioned, Ray displayed an astonishing lack of remorse for his sickening cruelty, insisting “it’s just a bird”.

In court, Ray pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to an animal.

Social media photo of violent animal abuser Aaron Ray

PC Peter Baker, wildlife officer at Northumbria Police, said Ray’s conviction should act as a reminder that animal cruelty is a criminal offence.

He said: “Aaron Ray showed a total disregard for the welfare of this bird and inflicted catastrophic injuries that it could not survive from.

“This kind of behaviour is not only reckless and upsetting, but a criminal offence and that’s the lesson that Ray now must learn.

“We are a nation of animal lovers, so it is upsetting to come across incidents such as this where the defendant has caused inevitable and unnecessary suffering to an animal.”

Sentencing: 12-week custodial sentence, suspended for one year. 15-year ban from owning animals.

Sunderland Echo
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