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Three charged in connection with hedgehog attack
Thursday 1st November 2018 @ 12:43 by Lauren Entwistle

Three youths appeared at Stockport Magistrates and Family Court yesterday over charges relating to burning hedgehogs in Manor Park earlier this year.

The boys, two aged 16 and one 14 who cannot be named for legal reasons, were charged under Section 41 and 32.1 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006.

One boy was charged with causing suffering to a protected animal, namely a hedgehog by an act, namely burning and knew or ought reasonably to have known that the act would have had that effect or be likely to do so.

The two others were charged with aiding, abetting, counselling and procuring one boy to cause unnecessary harm and suffering to a protected animal, a hedgehog, by failing to act – namely watching the aerosol can used.

All three pleaded not guilty and will be taken to trial on the 12th of March 2019.