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Pair from Bean in court for posting violent cock fighting videos

PUBLISHED: 13:52 11 January 2018

Videos show the birds violently fighting. Picture: RSPCA

Videos show the birds violently fighting. Picture: RSPCA

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Two men have admitted to a string of animal welfare offences after posting barbaric cock fighting videos online and bragging about the brutal bloodsport.

Bill Ripley, 46, and Moses Brinkley, 61, both from Bean, appeared at Bexleyheath Magistrates’ Court on Monday, January 8, charged under the Animal Welfare Act with nine and seven offences respectively.

The RSPCA launched an investigation into the men after material was spotted on Facebook relating to an account in the name of ‘Shamo Bill’, believed to be Bill Ripley.

The material he had posted on this account suggested he was breeding, keeping, selling and fighting cockerels.

Brinkley pleaded guilty to three of five offences of being present in an animal fight and one offence of keeping animals for use in fighting, and Ripley admitted to three of six offences of being present at an animal fight and one offence of keeping a premesis for use in fighting.

He denied possessing spurs and muffs - both aids used in training or fighting cockerels.

RSPCA inspector Carroll Lamport, who led the investigation, said: “We joined police officers as they executed warrants at three plots on a travellers’ site in Bean, Kent, where we were able to identify some of the ‘venues’ shown online in the fighting videos.”

Some videos showed birds pulling out mouthfuls of feathers and pecking at the other bird’s eyes.

Lots of evidence was also downloaded from Facebook,while other videos were found on mobile phones seized from the men.

The phones were forensically examined and uncovered many messages discussing breeding and fighting cockerels.

When officers executed the warrants, on March 9 2017, they found 242 cockerels at the site.

One hen, which was found with a neck injury, was rehomed by the charity.

Inspector Lamport added: “One video shows a fight which lasts ten minutes.

The birds are seen sparring, flapping aggressively at each other and pecking at their opponent.

It’s extremely brutal and barbaric watching.”

Other videos appear to show training techniques with cockerels being encouraged to attack dummy birds.

The men are due back at the same court for sentencing on March 19.

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