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Swanley man arrested as police uncover suspected cockfighting ring

PUBLISHED: 11:53 16 January 2014 | UPDATED: 11:53 16 January 2014

Kent Police uncovered a number of dead cockerels at the farm, near Sittingbourne.

Kent Police uncovered a number of dead cockerels at the farm, near Sittingbourne.

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A Swanley man has been arrested for his part in a suspected cock fighting ring.

This suspected cockpit is where fights are thought to have taken place.This suspected cockpit is where fights are thought to have taken place.

The 20-year-old was arrested along with another man, 47, from Teynham on suspicion of animal cruelty, money laundering, possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply and theft offences.

More than 150 birds were found at a farm on January 12 in Raspberry Hill Lane, Iwade - near Sittingbourne.

Dead cockerels with their combs removed were also found, leading police to believe they may have been bred for fighting.

A suspected cockpit, where fights are usually held, was also found - along with equipment thought to have been used to train birds for fighting.

Cockfighting, which became popular during the 17th Century in Britain has been banned in England since 1849.

Around 100 wraps of a suspected Class A drug were also uncovered at the farm, which have now been sent for testing.

A 21-year-old man, from Upchurch, was also arrested on suspicion of supplying a controlled drug.

All three men have been bailed until April 9 pending further enquiries.

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