Charges after badger sett inquiry
30 July 2007 - BBC News
Two men have been charged after an investigation into the disruption of a
badger sett in Northumberland.
The men were originally arrested in March as part of a joint operation
between Northumbria Police, the RSPCA and the Northumberland Wildlife Trust.
Robert McCarthy, 32, of, Cannongate, Alnwick, and Stephen McCarthy, 60, of
Stowmarket, Suffolk, are charged with interference with a badger sett.
Both have been bailed to appear before magistrates on 7 August.
A badger sett at Bradford Kairns, near Belford was allegedly disturbed on 13
Under the Protection of Badgers Act 1992, it is a criminal offence to
interfere with a sett and the charge carries a maximum prison sentence of six
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