Badger case was ‘like a horror story’

A WILDLIFE artist who helped bring a group of cruel badger baiters to justice has described the experience as like being in a “horror story”.

Robert Fuller took pictures of the men as they allowed their dogs to brutally savage four badgers - including two unborn cubs - at Paradise Farm, near Malton, in January last year.

Four of the men were jailed at Scarborough Magistrates Court last month.

He said: “I watched in sheer disbelief, it was a scene straight from a horror story.

“I was brought up on a farm and ferreting, shooting and fishing were a large part of my upbringing.

“It wasn’t easy to challenge those men, but it was an important thing to do.

“Badger baiting is cruel.”

William Anderson, 26, of Pickering, Alan Alexander, 32, Richard Simpson, 37 and Paul Tindall, 31, all received 16-week jail sentences.

Christopher Holmes and Malcolm Warner, both 28, admitted the offences at an earlier hearing and escaped with 12-week suspended prison sentences.

A 17-year-old youth was given a rehabilitation order.