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Owner guilty of elephant cruelty

A circus owner has been found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering an elephant in Northamptonshire. The court was shown secret footage of the animal being hit with a pitchfork by a groom.

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Circus owner convicted of mistreating elephant

Anne recovering at Longleat Credit: PA

A circus owner has been found guilty of three counts of causing unnecessary suffering to Anne - a performing Asian elephant.

Bobby Roberts was also convicted of failing to prevent an employee from repeatedly beating the animal.

The 69-year-old, who ran Super Circus in Polebrook, Cambridgeshire, also failed to ensure the elephant's needs were met by not giving her medication for her arthritis.

His wife Moira, 75, was cleared of all three charges by District Judge David Chinnery following a five-day trial at Northampton Crown Court.

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