Northern Ireland

Four charged over badger baiting

Image caption The men were charged as part of an investigation into badger baiting

Four men have been charged with animal cruelty in connection with a police investigation into badger baiting.

The men aged, 42, 39, 21 and 19, are to appear at Newtownards Magistrates' Court at the end of the month.

It is believed the charges are linked to a police operation on 26 March.

A number of properties in the Banbridge and south Armagh area were searched as part of 'Operation Meles'. Items, including firearms and ammunition were seized during the operation.