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Name - O'Brian Alan (Postman)

Address - Settle Street, Millom

Convicted - 30/1/83

Fine - £700

Magistrates - Millom

Age/D.O.B - 24

Also convicted - Rarmond Mossop, Stephen Mossop, Michael Crelin and John Turner

Notes - Raymond Mossop held the badger up in the air while his son Stephen hit it with a spade. They were caught when they sent their film to Colourtrend to be developed. Found guilty of digging for badgers.

Name - O'Loughlin Ian

Address - Birmingham

Convicted - 28/2/01 sentenced on 28/2/01

Fine - £150 plus £50 costs

Magistrates - Nuneaton

Age/D.O.B -

Also convicted - Mark Bradley

Notes - On the 28/2/01 at Nuneaton magistrates Ian O'Loughlin and Mark Bradley, both from Birmingham, were found guilty of interfering with a badger sett by entering a dog into it. On 28/3/01 they were sentenced to pay a fine of £150 each plus £50 costs.

Name - Oliver Wayne

Address - Leighton Park, Crewe

Convicted - 3/2/88

Fine - £200 and £20 costs

Magistrates - Crewe

Age/D.O.B - 17

Also convicted - Kevin May

Notes - They were both found guilty of digging for badgers. Both defended by Mr David Sayer. A 14 year old youth was also found guilty of digging for badgers, and will be sentenced at a later date. They all said they were after foxes.

Name - Osbourne Andrew

Address - Woodhouse Avenue, Gotham

Convicted - 23/12/83

Fine - £500 and £230 costs

Magistrates - Nottingham

Age/D.O.B - 22

Also convicted - Mark Shaw, Brian Cupitt and William Napier

Notes - Caught 24/4/83. All found guilty of 24 offences. Shaw and Cupitt were found guilty of injuring a badger, attempting to take a badger, using metal tongues to take a badger, digging for a badger, using a dog to hunt for a badger, cruelty to animals and badger fighting. They were fined £150 on each badger charge, and £50 for each charge of cruelty to a badger. Napier and Osbourne were fined £100 on each of the above charges and £50 on the cruelty charges. A fifth person Mr Brian Burton of Lings Farm, Rempstone was found not guilty of the above and awarded costs of £1000.

Name - Osbourne Steve and Mike

Address - 27 Oxcliffe, Barrowcliff, Scarborough

In court 22/12/94

Not guilty

Magistrates - Scarborough

Age/D.O.B - 29 and 31

Also charged - Ian Hawkins, Alan and Terry Watts and Brian Rhodes

Notes - The six were cleared of badger related offences. All defended by Harry Topham, they had Barry Peachey as a witness. See Countryman's Weekly 24/11/95, page 14.

Name - Owen Nigel (Hospital assistant)

Address - Greenmoor Avenue, Lofthouse, Wakefield

Convicted - 25/8/87

Fine -£300 and £15 costs

Magistrates - Wetherby

Age/D.O.B - 24

Also convicted - Wayne Davies, Andrew Greyston and Mark Eyles

Notes - Wayne Davies has a conviction for badger digging already from 1984. The sett remained undisturbed until January when some digging took place, then on 8/3/87 their van was seen in the area. The following Sunday the farmer and police lay in wait from 6.45 am. Two hours later the van arrived, the police then waited a bit then found the four digging at the sett. Caught 15/3/87. All found guilty of trying to kill, injure or take badgers. A charge of digging for badgers was withdrawn by the prosecution. Mr Paul Fitzpatrick defended Davies and Mr David Cahill defended the other three.

Name - Owens Lawrence

Address - 16 Station Terrace, Washington

Convicted - 6/3/86

Fine - £150 and £26.80 costs

Magistrates - Derwentside

Age/D.O.B - 24

Also convicted - Shaun Butler

Notes - Caught 12/12/85. Found guilty of attempting to kill, injure or take a badger. Both defended by Mr Terry Robson

Name - Owens Martin Peter

Address - Horn Drive, West Belfast

Convicted - Spring 1991

Fine - £120

Magistrates - Belfast

Age/D.O.B - Born 1973

Also convicted - Sean Price, John Shannon and James McNally

Notes - All found guilty of cruelty to a fox which they then bagged, before it was set upon by seven dogs. All banned from keeping dogs for 2 years.

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