Elephant owner 'disgusted' by cruelty footage

The owner of a circus elephant said he was disgusted when he saw footage of the animal being struck with a pitchfork.

Bobby Roberts is accused of allowing his staff to beat Anne - a 58 year old Asian elephant - at the Circus's winter quarters at Polebrook near Peterborough.

He told District Judge David Chinnery at Northampton Crown Court that he had no knowledge of the behaviour towards the elephant

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Elephant suffering trial

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