Flimby man sentenced for deer hunting and badger baiting

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Callum Frew, 23, of Flimby Brow, Flimby, Cumbria appeared at Workington Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday (15 September) after previously admitting three offences, alongside four men who were sentenced last month for their part in hunting badgers and deer. 

This week, Frew pleaded guilty to more offences and was sentenced. He received jail terms of 120 days on each offence (concurrent), suspended for 18 months, and was ordered to complete a community order with a 26-week curfew and 100 hours of unpaid work. He was ordered to pay costs of £2,000 and a victim surcharge of £122. 

Frew was disqualified from keeping all animals for life and his mobile phones were seized and destroyed. The court applied a deprivation order (under Section 35 of the Animal Welfare Act) for two lurcher type dogs that were seized. They will now be rehomed by the RSPCA. 

Sentencing him, the court said the offences would appall anyone. It comes 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. 

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 bloodsports 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.”

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.”

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