Co Down farmer gets suspended sentence over livestock offences

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A farmer from Co Down has been given a suspended prison sentence for offences relating to the movement and disposal of animals.

William Cranston, of Aughnagurgan Road, Altnamackin, Newry pleaded guilty to a range of charges.

He received two months imprisonment suspended for two years on one charge of failing to dispose of an animal carcase; two charges of failing to notify the department of the movement of 101 animals off his holding; eight charges of illegally importing animals into Northern Ireland from another member state without the animals being accompanied by a completed health certificate; one charge of failure to keep a herd register and one charge of moving animals into his herd whilst the herd was under a TB restriction.

Mr Cranston was sentenced at Newry Magistrates’ Court on Monday. He was also fined £500.