17 August 2001
New virus charges against Waugh

By FWi staff

PIG farmer Bobby Waugh, whose stock were among the first to be infected with foot-and-mouth, has been charged with six new offences.

Waugh, who farms at Burnside Farm, Heddon-on-the-Wall, Northumberland, faces 22 charges relating to the disease.

He appeared in court on Thursday (16 August) charged under the Animal Health Act and the Protection of Animals Act.

The farmer faces six other charges under the Animal Health Act and the Trade Descriptions Act brought by Northumberland County Council.

Under the Animal Health Act, he has been charged with two counts of moving pigs without a licence and two of failing to keep movement records

The charges under the Trades Descriptions Act are of making false descriptions on transport documents.

The other 16 charges include several counts of failing to notify officials of foot-and-mouth disease and causing unnecessary suffering to pigs.

He is also charged with bringing unprocessed catering waste on to his premises and feeding it to pigs.

In addition, there are charges of failing to dispose of pig carcasses and raw meat properly, and failing to record the movement of pigs.

Waugh did not enter any pleas before Tynedale magistrates in Hexham, Northumberland.

Proceedings against Waughs brother Ronnie, of Pallion, Sunderland, have been adjourned after a medical report.

The case was adjourned until 8 October.

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