Northumberland brothers fined for animal offences

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Two brothers have been fined for animal offences in Northumberland.

In a case brought by Northumberland County Council’s public protection service two farming brothers, Robert Benjamin Robson and John Douglas Robson of Chathill, Alnwick, pleaded guilty to a total of eight offences under the Animal-By-Products (Enforcement) (England) Regulations 2011 for leaving sheep carcasses lying in their fields.

The pair were sentenced yesterday at Berwick Magistrates Court.

They admitted seven offences of failing to dispose of sheep carcasses in the appropriate manner and one offence of allowing access by animals and birds to the carcasses, and were ordered to pay costs and fines totalling £2,297.

After the case Victoria Barrington, head of public protection at the county council, said: “It is very important that all livestock farmers collect and arrange for the correct disposal of all dead stock at the earliest opportunity. Failure to do so puts the whole farming community at risk of another devastating outbreak of animal disease.

“I am pleased that the court recognised the seriousness of the case we brought and imposed these fines.”