Elephant suffering trial

A circus couple from Northamptonshire are due to go on trial accused of causing unnecessary suffering to an elephant.

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Court shown footage of elephant being hit with pitchfork

Footage of a circus elephant being kicked and hit with a pitchfork was today shown at the trial of a husband and wife who are accused of causing it unnecessary suffering.

Bobby and Moira Roberts appeared at Northampton Crown Court accused of having kept the 58-year-old Asian elephant, called Anne, constantly chained to the ground at the Bobby Roberts Super Circus in Polebrook, Cambridgeshire.

Opening the case for the prosecution, Helen Law played video footage to Northampton Crown Court which showed the animal being struck several times by staff, kicked and hit with the pitchfork.

Mr and Mrs Roberts, of Brook Farm, Oundle, Northamptonshire, deny all the charges.

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