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Farmer banned for dead sheep

A FARMER has been slapped with a five-year ban on keeping livestock after 20 dead sheep were found on his land.

A FARMER has been slapped with a five-year ban on keeping livestock after 20 dead sheep were found on his land.

John Charles, of Norton Lane, Tidbury Green, was prosecuted after officials visited his farm, near Henley-in-Arden, and made the grisly discovery.

In March 2009, the trading standards team found 14 sheep carcasses, six skeletons and a bag of bones.

They also discovered a young ram, which was badly injured and had to be put down by vets.

Appearing at Nuneaton Magistrates, Charles pleaded guilty to two offences of failing to dispose of dead animals.

He had denied the offence regarding the ram, but was convicted, handed the ban and ordered to pay costs of £1500.

Charles appealed against the conviction, which meant that he was able to continue keeping animals on his farm.

Now a judge has upheld the magistrates’ verdict and the five-year ban has finally come into force.

Warwickshire County Councillor Richard Hobbs, said that trading standards worked closely with farmers to make sure that livestock were well-cared for.

“When farmers fail to heed the advice and information we give them and do not take their responsibilities seriously, legal action may be necessary,” he said.

 

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