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Men convicted of animal cruelty

Two men from Ashington men have been convicted of animal cruelty offences.

33-year-old Christopher Hindmarsh, of Links View and 30-year-old Gavin Young, of Pont Street, were arrested in connection with tampering with a badger set in Longhorsley in April of last year.

The two men were charged after a joint investigation with the RSPCA, and they appeared at Bedlington Magistrates Court earlier this month - where they were found guilty of animal cruelty offences.

Hindmarsh was ordered to pay £320 court costs and Young was ordered to pay £338 court costs.

Hindmarsh - banned from keeping animals for three years - had both of his dogs seized by police due to the condition they were being kept with.

A mobile phone belonging to Young was also seized after images of animal cruelty were found on it.