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Animal Transporter Fined After Routine Stop

Friday July 11 2014


Barnsley Magistrates' Court Barnsley Magistrates' Court


AN animal transporter has been fined almost £15,000 after being stopped by a Barnsley Council officer.

Barnsley Magistrates' Court heard on July 3 that James Crowden, trading as Newark-based TC and BJ Crowden Ltd, was stopped during a routine transport check on October 9 of last year.

The animal health officer found two live cows were being transported to an abattoir in a dirty trailer without the relevant transporter authorisation and certificate.

Crowden's vehicle showed signs of dried-on dirt and faeces consistent with it not being cleaned out prior to the commencement of the journey.

After leaving the abattoir, he failed to wash and disinfect the trailer or sign a declaration form stating he would carry this out elsewhere, which is crucial in the prevention of spreading disease such as foot and mouth.

The court told Mr Crowden that this was a serious case and was concerned about the offences, given the risk of spreading diseases across the country.

After credit for his guilty plea, TC and BJ Crowden Ltd was fined a total of £12,500 plus full prosecution costs of £2,114.95 and a £120 victim surcharge, totalling £14,734,95.

A Barnsley Council spokesman said: "Animal health officers carry out vital work to prevent and spread the diseases such as foot and mouth and BSE.

"We will take appropriate action against hauliers who flout the law."

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Reply Posted by dick on Saturday July 12 2014 at 05:08
blah blah blah blah blah

Reply Posted by shaun the sheep on Saturday July 12 2014 at 16:21
You mean baa baa baa :-)

Reply Posted by Cas on Monday July 14 2014 at 11:45
You really live up to your name don't you. Foot and Mouth and other animal diseases are serious. But its ridiculous in this day and age they still transport live animals

Reply Posted by bananas on Monday July 14 2014 at 11:49
shoot em in field then.

Reply Posted by rog on Monday July 14 2014 at 18:04
Keep culling badges don't they, and its like Animal charities keep pointing out, TB is spreading because of dicks like this ..

Reply Posted by rog what? on Monday July 14 2014 at 20:26
why would you cull badges, I got loads on my walking stick.