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Woman fined after breaching animal ban

Posted on: 26 January 2021

A North Devon woman who was caught tending livestock despite being banned has been ordered to pay £1,380 in compensation, fines and costs.

Bridget Barrell, 64, of Chittlehampton, admitted three charges relating to her continued involvement in the care of cattle and sheep in contravention of an existing ban from doing so.

On Thursday January 21 Exeter Magistrates Court heard that despite her ban in April 2016, resulting from her conviction for animal welfare offences, she had continued to care for livestock over three periods between May 2016 and April 2019.

Although there was no evidence of breaches of welfare rules, or financial gain, the actions that Barrell took breached her court order over a sustained period.

The defence advised that Barrell was now on medication, caring for her ill husband and was in receipt of benefits.

The court fined Mrs Barrell £120 per charge, £20 victim surcharge and directed to pay £1,000 towards costs.

Stephen Gardiner, Devon, Somerset and Torbay Trading Standards’ Legal Process Manager, said: “Mrs Barrell was well aware of the effect of a ban and breaching a court order can be a very serious offence. Trading Standards will look to act on deliberate and persistent breaches of such court orders.”