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Barnsley Man Gets Banning Order

Friday December 20 2013


Barnsley Magistrates' Court Barnsley Magistrates' Court


A BARNSLEY man has been banned from keeping pigs for 10 years.

Melvyn Priestley, of Ballfield Avenue, Kexborough, pleaded guilty to eight charges under animal welfare legislation.

He was sentenced on December 12 at Barnsley Magistrates' Court and told to serve a 12-month community order with the requirement to undertake 150 hours of unpaid work.

He was also given a disqualification order from owning, keeping, dealing, or participating in keeping pigs for a term of 10 years.

In addition, he was ordered to pay full prosecution costs of £1290.16 and victim surcharge of £60.

The court heard that on a routine visit in June 2013, Barnsley Council’s animal health officer Derek Green discovered three pigs at Ballfields Allotments, Kexborough, that appeared to have been left unattended for several weeks.

An inner wall had collapsed and living in their own slurry had left the pigs with severe skin burn.

The pigs were removed and examined by a vet who required the animals to be taken to a place of safety in order for their skin to heal.

Magistrates were also informed that Mr Priestley had previously been convicted by the council for similar charges in 2009.

District Judge Foster stated it was clear that the defendant did not have the capacity to care for the pigs and had been warned about this issue four years ago, which was used as evidence in the prosecution case.

He said that Mr Priestley should have known of the responsibilities that go with keeping animals and that this was a serious matter - the pigs had suffered as they were not kept properly.

Cllr Miller, cabinet spokesperson for development, environment and culture, said: "The hard work of our officers was instrumental in making sure this individual was brought to court for his crime.

"Barnsley Council’s animal health officers are committed to ensuring people keeping any animals do so responsibly, and action will be taken against those who fail to do so."

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Reply Posted by bananas on Friday December 20 2013 at 12:33
stinks

Reply Posted by Anon on Friday December 20 2013 at 12:47
Should have banned him from keeping any animal not just pigs FOR LIFE

Reply Posted by Anon on Monday December 23 2013 at 09:06
Who is kilkenny,and where is he from anybody know.

Reply Posted by LOL-ANON on Monday December 23 2013 at 09:12
HES A FEMINIST MUMMYS BOY BLOGS SHITE SHITE AND MORE SHITE WASTE A SNAP AND BACKA RECYCLED TURD SNIFFING INSPECTOR.

Reply Posted by RothschilD on Friday December 20 2013 at 13:02
I didn't know we were allowed to keep politicians in pens...??

Reply Posted by DC on Friday December 20 2013 at 13:14
'ham' 'hock'ed off about this. 'Bacon' a pigs life a misery he should get prison time where he could get 'shank'ed.

Reply Posted by sunshine girl on Friday December 20 2013 at 14:06
Yet again its a story of animal cruelty, why do people think it is ok to mistreat animals?? It reall makes me cross, even more so that he is a repeat offender! He should serve a prison sentence then banned from having any animal for life!!

Reply Posted by l on Friday December 20 2013 at 14:46
this story goes deeper hes kept pigs on that land for 20yr and coucil as tried to get him off for over 5yr

Reply Posted by neil b on Friday December 20 2013 at 16:53
Sorry but one incident is bad enough ,but a repeat of neglect is just not on, thank god someone is taking time to protect the health of these PIGS. And I, regardless of any " land issues " if the man concerned cant look after them ,he should give up on animals and accept he isnt looking after " clockwork toys " , if justice was to be done,a lifetime ban should be the starting point of sentence. All cruelty should not be tolerated, end of .

Reply Posted by Nicola on Friday December 20 2013 at 19:49
He should not be allowed to keep any animal

Reply Posted by shalamar on Saturday December 21 2013 at 14:07
Towd Melly Modo, known him for years and he's a filthy animal himsen.

Reply Posted by kilkenny on Sunday December 22 2013 at 02:07
Actually I am getting used to mud. I run an 8K cross country race in 38 mins today. I was looking for wife. Was she stuffing her size 20 frame with Iceland deep pan pizzas. Yes she was. Can't you get your lard arses off the sofa and join Barnsley AC

Reply Posted by STEVEO on Sunday December 22 2013 at 15:40
Kilkenny- Your so boring. Go get stuck in the mud.You Hippopotamous,,

Reply Posted by STEVEO on Monday December 23 2013 at 09:17
GET YOUR WELLIES ON STEVEO KILKENNY WILL BEND OVER FOR YOU KEEP CHUCKING HIM PORK SCRATCHINGS,THAT WILL KEEP HIM QUITE WHILE YOU HOG HIM AH AH AH AH AH

Reply Posted by Don McCarron on Sunday December 22 2013 at 15:14
What was this scumbag doing with animals after already being caught mistreating them? As other have said here - ban them FOR LIFE.

Reply Posted by STEVEO on Monday December 23 2013 at 14:32
Seems the imposters are out in force using peoples names.
Thankfully everyone who reads my posts know that the buffoon posting in my name above is not me.