North East Wales

Pair tried to kill badgers in sett near Holywell

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Media captionWilliam Chrystal, left, and Leighton Shiers, right, will carry out unpaid work

Two men who attempted to injure and kill badgers from a sett in Flintshire have avoided a prison sentence.

Leighton Shiers, 19, and William Chrystal, 24, of Liverpool, pleaded guilty earlier this month.

They were arrested after being discovered by police at a field in Trelawnyd, near Holywell, last April.

Shiers and Chrystal were ordered to complete 160 hours of unpaid work and pay £300 costs each at Flintshire Magistrates' court on Tuesday.

The defendants were arrested and terrier dogs were seized along with a Land Rover, shovels and a GPS locator collar, which is worn by dogs sent underground to find badgers.

Three other people at the scene ran off and have not been traced.

The pair's mobile phones were seized and showed images of terriers at a badger dig with injuries to the face and others appearing to attack a badger.

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Image caption This image showing the men digging for a badger was found on the phone of William Crystal

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