A man who was arrested after spray-painting the entrance to Bristol Magistrates’ Court during a city centre protest has said he will plead not guilty to criminal damage. Robin Boardman-Pattison was one of three men to be arrested after spraying the words ‘Make Ecocide Law’ over the entrance windows to the court on Monday, October 8. The 20-year-old, from Lockleaze, and 19-year-old accomplice Thomas Dalton, of Church Avenue, Easton, were subsequently charged with causing criminal damage. However, Mr Boardman-Pattison - who organised the protest - has since revealed his intention to plead not guilty to the charge when he returns to Bristol Magistrates’ Court for a hearing on November 13. He explained: “The last time I was arrested for causing criminal damage at a protest, I pleaded not guilty and I was found not guilty. “So, I’m pleading not guilty this time.” The 20-year-old said the main reason he denies causing criminal damage is that … [Read more...] about Court spray paint protester: ‘Why I’m pleading not guilty to criminal damage’
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Dog owners are being threatened with legal action because of damage appearing on trees. Posters were stapled to trees in Cherry Hinton accusing dogs of causing irreparable damage to the trees, Labelled a "dog damage phenomenon" by Cambridge City Council, the trees have apparently been left stripped of their bark and are covered in scratch and bite marks which could prove deadly to the tree. In a bid to curb the "significant damage", the council has said it will take legal action against anyone in charge of a dog who is known to have damaged a tree. Matthew Magrath, senior arboricultural officer at Cambridge City Council said: "The notice was put up by the council last Friday in response to an officer discovering fresh tree-related dog damage to a young ash tree at Cherry Hinton. The stripped bark and teeth markings in the exposed sapwood are indicative and can be seen in the pictures. More drama in notorious Fen Road He added: "Dog damage is a real phenomenon. Whilst the majority of … [Read more...] about Dog owners in Cherry Hinton threatened with legal action
0 Have your say Police have issued an urgent warning to pet owners after reports of dogs being locked inside hot cars. In the past 24 hours, there have been 41 reports of incidents involving animals across West Yorkshire, according to the police's own animal crime unit.Police have been called out to deal with 'a number of incidents' where dogs had been left in hot cars.-> Warnings issued as Leeds set to sizzle in Bank Holiday Monday heatWhat you can do if you see a dog trapped in a hot car, according to the RSPCA:*Never leave your dog alone in a car on a warm day. If you see a dog in distress in a hot car, dial 999.A spokesman said: "Many people still believe that it’s ok to leave a dog in a car on a warm day if the windows are left open or they’re parked in the shade, but the truth is, it’s still a very dangerous situation for the dog."A car can become as hot as an oven very quickly, even when it doesn’t feel that warm. When it’s 22 … [Read more...] about Spate of dogs locked in hot cars in blazing heat sparks warning from West Yorkshire Police
A campaign calling for a new law making attacking police service animals a crime has the backing of Cheshire’s police and crime commissioner David Keane. The Service Animals (Offences) Bill aims to protect police dogs and horses from being attacked or killed in the line of duty. It will have its second reading in the House of Commons on Friday April 27. The bill is more commonly known as Finn’s Law in honour of a Hertfordshire Constabulary dog who needed surgery after being stabbed while chasing an armed robbery suspect in 2016. The offender, who also attacked Finn’s handler, was charged with actual bodily harm for the injuries inflicted on PC Dave Wardell but was only charged with criminal damage for almost killing Finn. UK law currently considers police service animals as property but other EU countries already have laws in place to protect these animals. It is explained that in this country offenders who attack service animals can only be prosecuted under the … [Read more...] about Crime commissioner backs law to protect police dogs and horses
Is it lawful to break into a car if you see a dog has been locked inside on a hot day? Police have today restated their warnings that a dog can die locked in a car in as little as 10 minutes. Police say they will smash a car open to rescue a dog in distress. Is it lawful to break into a car if you see a dog has been locked inside on a hot day? Police have today restated their warnings that a dog can die locked in a car in as little as 10 minutes. Police say they will smash a car open to rescue a dog in distress. So does that mean you can do the same? Advice from the British Institute of Professional Dog Training provides an answer. The institute's Keith Evans said: "The law states: 1. Only a local authority Inspector or a Constable have a power to enter a "premises" for the purpose of assisting an animal that is, or is likely to be, suffering. This is governed under Sections 18 and 19 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006. "Sec 62(1) AWA 2006 defines "any vehicle" as a "premises". "2. Any … [Read more...] about Are you legally allowed to smash a car window to save a dog?