Man caught on camera digging badger sett in Devon

A Devon man has been fined £500 for interfering with a badger sett.

Andrew Bellamy was captured on film digging the sett in April 2010, Torquay Magistrates' Court heard.

Bellamy, 39, of Yelverton, was prosecuted under the Protection of Badgers Act 1992.

He told the court he was employed by the South Devon Hunt. As he was laying trails for the hunt he was filmed by the League Against Cruel Sports digging the sett.

League chief executive Douglas Batchelor said cruelty to animals "no matter how remote the scene of the crime is, is not acceptable".

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