Three men sentenced for interfering with badger sett

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Three men who were found guilty of interfering with a badger sett in East Yorkshire have each been given three-month suspended prison sentences.

Terry Murry, 47, and Shaun Chapman, 29, both from Hull, and Gary Douglas, 40, of Great Bridgeford, Staffordshire, were convicted by magistrates in Hull.

The men were caught by Humberside Police on 5 December last year.

Their activities, at Sunk Island in East Yorkshire, were captured on the force helicopter's camera.

The men were charged under section 3 of the Protection of Badgers Act, 1992.

They had denied interfering with the sett and claimed they were looking for foxes.

All three were also ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work and must pay £2,000 each in costs.

The badger is a protected species and it is illegal to kill, injure or capture them, or to interfere with their setts.

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