A farmer who caused unnecessary suffering to his sheep has been handed a 7-year ban from keeping animals for animal cruelty offences.

Daniel William Waring, 48, pleaded guilty to numerous animal welfare and disease control offences at Carlisle Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

Between the months of January 2017 and January 2018, over six-hundred and forty of Mr Waring’s sheep died due to starvation and neglect.

Waring appeared before District Judge Chalk. Judge Chalk criticised his farming practices, banning him from keeping animals for 7 years.

As well as this, Waring was given a prison sentence of one hundred and twenty days, suspended for twelve months.

He is also required to carry out one hundred and ten days of unpaid work and ordered to pay costs of £17,783.

Other offences included his disregard to abide by disease control regulations and failure to dispose of animal carcasses in a timely manner.

This was a long and complex investigation which has been brought to a satisfactory conclusion. We support the farming community but where poor practice and unnecessary suffering are discovered we will intervene and take action .These animals were kept in terrible conditions, animal cruelty will not be tolerated."

CLLR CELIA TIBBLE, CABINET MEMBER RESPONSIBLE FOR TRADING STANDARDS