“We would have banned you if we had the power to do so, but we do not have the power.”
Those were the damning words of magistrates as they sentenced a farmer who left rotting carcasses around his farm, which could have triggered a serious disease outbreak.
Albert Nelson, 76, narrowly avoided an immediate jail term after admitting failing to dispose of dead sheep around his farm in Broughton and allowing his animals access to raw meat. The bench at Preston Magistrates’ Court did not have powers to ban him keeping animals, but imposed an eight-week sentence suspended for 12 months, with 12 months supervision, £200 costs, and an £80 victim surcharge.
They said they were “concerned at his unwillingness” to accept how much he was to blame.