Issued By
Cumbria County Council


A farmer from Maryport has been banned by West Allerdale magistrates from keeping sheep for 10 years. Joseph Scott, aged 77, of Flimby, Maryport, pleaded guilty today to one charge of causing unnecessary suffering to a sheep, and to ten charges of failing to dispose of sheep carcases. He was also fined £500 for the unnecessary suffering offence and 10 x £50 for the failure to dispose offence. He was ordered to pay prosecution costs of £250. The case was brought by Cumbria County Councilís Trading Standards Department. The offences occurred in March 2003 at Allonby Farm, Flimby.

Scott was already subject to a 10 year ban on keeping cattle, imposed by Workington Magistrates in May 1999, for causing unnecessary suffering to cattle. The court also heard that magistrates fined Scott £800 in December 2000 for failing to dispose of animal carcases.

Notes for Editors:

1. For more information on this press release, contact Patrick Thomas at Cumbria Trading Standards (01539 773591).