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Proceeds from Sussex cockfighting will be spent helping animals

The Argus: Proceeds from Sussex cockfighting will be spent helping animals Proceeds from Sussex cockfighting will be spent helping animals

Thousands of pounds obtained through illegal cock- fighting in Sussex will be spent helping animals.

Chief Superintendent Barry Fryer from the RSPCA admitted it was “ironic but fitting” the profits from the illegal cockfighting ring would be spent on helping other animals.

He said it would “go towards promoting kindness and preventing cruelty to animals”.

The RSPCA will receive £5,000 and Sussex Police £5,000 in illegally-obtained funds following the conviction of Mark Giles, 49, of Oak Tree Farm, Wisborough Green, and his son, also named Mark, 27, of Lower Gillmans Farm in nearby Billingshurst.

A further £10,000 will go to central Government.

The duo were convicted at Brighton Magistrates’ Court on October 17, 2012, after pleading guilty to keeping birds for use or in connection with cockfights, possession of various items designed or adapted for use in connection with animal fights, causing unnecessary suffering to chickens, and failing to take reasonable steps to ensure their needs were met.

They were both sentenced to 20 weeks imprisonment suspended for two years and ordered to carry out unpaid work.

They also received lifetime bans on the keeping of birds, with no appeal for 12 years.

They were arrested in August 2011 by Sussex Police after an investigation by the RSPCA.

As well as a cockfighting pit, paraphernalia and publications, officers also found £25,800 in bank notes – more than £20,000 of which courts later deemed to be criminal proceeds.

A Sussex Police statement said: “Following a lengthy investigation by the RSPCA, Sussex Police had assisted the RSPCA in making the arrests in August 2011, when the RSPCA executed two warrants at the addresses where both parties were arrested for cockfighting offences and keeping birds for the purpose of cockfighting.

“At Mark junior’s address a cockfighting pit was discovered in addition to a large number of publications relating to cockfighting in addition to other paraphernalia relating to this activity. Forty-nine adult game cocks were also taken into RSPCA custody.”

Detective Inspector Mick Richards of Sussex Police said: “The RSPCA asked us to help look into the source of the money and we were glad to help.

“Our financial investigator Kay Rogers did an excellent job, which satisfied the court that the money was obtained from crime.”

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6:45am Sun 9 Feb 14

John Steed says...

If the money is supposed to be used for the benefit of animals, the least effective way of using it is to give it to the RSPCA, thats about as efficient and effective as wanting to save the west pier and giving money to the west pier trust to further that aim.
If the money is supposed to be used for the benefit of animals, the least effective way of using it is to give it to the RSPCA, thats about as efficient and effective as wanting to save the west pier and giving money to the west pier trust to further that aim. John Steed
  • Score: 8

9:31am Sun 9 Feb 14

Old Ale Man says...

I hope it was given to local branches rather than to RSPCA HQ, coz they have to do their own fund raising!!!
I hope it was given to local branches rather than to RSPCA HQ, coz they have to do their own fund raising!!! Old Ale Man
  • Score: 8

12:24pm Sun 9 Feb 14

getThisCoalitionOut says...

So only £5000 was given to the RSPCA and the same went to the police and £10K went to the government? Why?

The headline is factually incorrect then - less than a quarter of the money found was given to help animals.

Why wasn't all the money found taken and more as they were obviously using the money made rather than just keeping it? They should have lost their homes, cars, etc.

Not a good enough result IMO.
So only £5000 was given to the RSPCA and the same went to the police and £10K went to the government? Why? The headline is factually incorrect then - less than a quarter of the money found was given to help animals. Why wasn't all the money found taken and more as they were obviously using the money made rather than just keeping it? They should have lost their homes, cars, etc. Not a good enough result IMO. getThisCoalitionOut
  • Score: 5

11:57pm Sun 9 Feb 14

Roundbill says...

This is actually a really good way for animal charities to raise money. After all, nobody likes cockerels, and they have a natural desire to fight.

Also, why are they allowed to put the C-word in the title headline, when commenters are banned from using it? Look: ****. See?
This is actually a really good way for animal charities to raise money. After all, nobody likes cockerels, and they have a natural desire to fight. Also, why are they allowed to put the C-word in the title headline, when commenters are banned from using it? Look: ****. See? Roundbill
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