Roberts: I would have involved police if I had known

Anne recovering at Longleat
Anne recovering at Longleat Credit: PA

Circus owner Bobby Roberts said he wouldn't condone the ill-treatment of animals.

The 69-year-old told District Judge David Chinnery at Northampton Crown Court he had no knowledge of the behaviour towards the 58-year-old Asian elephant.

He said: "It's disgraceful, disgusting. I can't tell you what I would have done. The police would have been involved. Still now when I think about it, it goes through me, I just can't believe it."

Roberts and his wife Moira, 75, from Oundle, deny causing unnecessary suffering and failing to prevent an employee from repeatedly beating Anne.

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