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Patrick Cassidy Represents Pony Breeder in Appeal Against Conviction under Wildlife & Country Act 1981

Kenworthy's Chambers | September 13, 2019

Patrick Cassidy, instructed by Gaynham King & Mellor Solicitors, represented an 80-year old pony breeder, previously convicted of charges breaching the Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981, and ordered to pay more than £16,000 in fines and legal costs.

The charges, brought by Natural England, accused Mr Potter of over-grazing his 24 endangered Fell ponies and sheep on land that had been declared to have a Specific Scientific Interest (SSSI) in 1988; which the Potter family had licensed since the 1960s.

Ultimately, a Crown Court Judge quashed his convictions and set aside his fines, after an out of Court settlement between Mr Potter and Natural England was agreed.

The Telegraph reports further here.

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Fell Pony Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons