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Farmer jailed for false calf claims

08 January 1999
Farmer jailed for false calf claims

By FW reporters

A NORTH Shropshire farmer has been jailed after pleading guilty to submitting ineligible calves to the calf processing scheme.

Derek Whittall of Oaklands Farm, Weston under Redcastle, was sentenced to nine months after pleading guilty to five offences during August 1996.

Judge Michael Mander told Mr Whittall that the sentence was a clear message to others who might try to take advantage of BSE-related compensation schemes.

Shrewsbury Crown Court heard that Mr Whittall altered or forged documents relating to calves of the wrong breed or age to make them eligible for the processing scheme.

In all, 72 ineligible animals were slaughtered at a Cheshire abattoir for which Mr Whittall received £7000.

The case was brought by Shropshire County Councils trading standards department which is investigating other farmers and dealers.

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Farmer jailed for false calf claims

8 January 1999

Farmer jailed for false calf claims

NORTH Shropshire farmer Derek Whittall was jailed for nine months this week after pleading guilty to five offences related to submitting ineligible calves, backed by false paperwork, to the calf processing scheme in August 1996.

Judge Michael Mander told Mr Whittall, Oaklands Farm, Weston under Redcastle, that the sentence was a clear message to others who might be minded to try to take advantage of BSE-related compensation schemes.

Shrewsbury Crown Court heard that Mr Whittall had altered or forged documents relating to calves of the wrong breed or age to make them eligible for the processing scheme. In all, 72 ineligible animals were slaughtered at a Cheshire abattoir for which Mr Whittall received £7,000.

The case was brought by Shropshire County Councils trading standards department.

Further investigations are underway involving other farmers and dealers.

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