Badger killing trial is finished UPDATED

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A West Yorkshire man has been cleared of charges of killing badgers and hunting wild animals with dogs at the end of a two-week trial.

James Henry Doyle, 34, of Westfield Avenue, Knottingley, had denied committing the ofences on a farm at Howsham, near Malton in North Yorkshire.

A jury at Scarborough Crown Court found five co-defendants of the charges guilty, while two others pleaded guilty,

The men found guilty were Alan Alexander, 32 of Bramham Close, York, William Edward Anderson, 26 of Hillside, Cropton Lane, Pickering, Richard Simpson,37, of Wains Road, York, Paul Ian Tindall, 33 of Bramham Grove, York and a 17 year old from York.

Two other men, Christopher Martin Holmes, 28, of Bell Farm Avenue, York, and Malcolm David Warner, 28, of Princess Drive, York, pleaded guilty at the start of the two week trial and will be sentenced next month.

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