A FARMER was given a suspended prison sentence and banned from keeping animals for 10 years after pleading guilty to seven offences of breaching animal health and welfare legislation.

Andrew Cockerill, who keeps cattle at The Grazings, Rosedale Abbey, appeared before Scarborough magistrates last month following an  investigation by North Yorkshire County Council‘s Trading Standards service.

Cockerill was sentenced to 26 weeks imprisonment, suspended for 2 years, 150 hours community service, ordered to pay costs of over £1,600 and also received a 10 year ban from keeping all animals.

The investigation began in 2012 following joint working between Trading Standards Service and the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency (Executive Agency).

The court heard officers visited Cockerill’s farm numerous times between July and December last year and found approximately 50 cattle being kept in ‘hazardous and potentially dangerous conditions’.

Cockerill was prosecuted previously by the council in relation to animal welfare offences and at that time he was made to reduce the number of cattle he kept.

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