Farming brothers fined

Two farming brothers have been fined for animal offences in Northumberland.

In a case brought by Northumberland County Council’s public protection service, Robert Benjamin Robson and John Douglas Robson of Chathill, Alnwick, pleaded guilty to eight offences under the Animal-By-Products (Enforcement) (England) Regulations 2011.

They were sentenced at Berwick Magistrates Court.

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

Two county council animal health inspectors discovered the dead sheep when they visited Rayheugh Farm in January.

The visit followed an anonymous call which said four carcasses had been lying ina field visible from the A1 for four days.

Robert Robson told the court he had been suffering from a chest complaint at the time and could not get around to check the livestock as well as he should have done.

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.”