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Cockfight criminal's new ban; Man flouted court order.

A MAN who forced animals to fight to the death and posted the footage on the internet has breached a court ban.

Wayne Lumsden, 24, of Park Road in Lynemouth, has been sentenced to a 12-month community order and ordered to do 300 hours of unpaid work after being convicted of ignoring his ban on keeping animals.

He was also made subject to a deprivation order on his animals and ordered to pay PS200 costs. A 15-year ban on keeping animals was re-started as well.

RSPCA inspector Helen Bestwick said: "This man has shown complete disregard for the banning order preventing him from owning, keeping and participating in the keeping of animals as well as being party to an arrangement under which he may control or influence the way animals are kept."

Lumsden was banned last February after admitting three animal cruelty charges.

He was jailed for 26 weeks - later reduced to 21 weeks on appeal - for killing a badger by setting dogs on it, causing a cockfight and deliberately starting a fight between a dog and a cat. His latest offences involved breaching that ban by having four dogs and two ferrets.

RSPCA officers received a complaint that he owned a number of lurchers and was advertising on a working dog website.

Police executed a warrant on his home address and he was arrested and interviewed.

Some of the animals were at the house while one of the dogs was with Lumsden.

Ms Bestwick said: "Lumsden argued that the animals belonged to a family member and that he had no involvement in their care, but the court didn't believe him.

"It was clear that he had simply ignored the sentence handed down to him last year."

Lumsden and Connor Patterson, from Whitfield in Northumberland, were jailed in 2011.

South East Northumberland Magistrates' Court heard that the pair kept photos, some of which appeared on the website Bebo.
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Oct 11, 2012
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