Sheffield farmer’s sheep were thin, weak and in danger

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A MAN from Sheffield who broke a court order banning him from keeping sheep has had a suspended prison sentence extended.

Neil Ian Johnson – also known as Najim Ud Din – of Albert Road in Heeley, kept sheep and cattle at Hognaston, near Ashbourne, but was originally prosecuted by Derbyshire County Council in August 2011.

Johnson had failed to provide the sheep with adequate feed and kept them in a harmful environment which posed a risk of injury. The field contained rusty barbed wire, bailer twine and loose netting.

A vet found sheep in the flock were undersized, weak, thin and bordering on emaciation.

Johnson received a four- month suspended prison sentence and was banned from participating in the keeping of sheep for 10 years after admitting eight offences under the Animal Welfare Act 2006.

But the county council had to take further action when, the month after the original ban, Johnson was again found to be participating in the keeping of sheep, this time at Broomhall Farm, Westwick Lane, Holymoorside.

He appeared at Chesterfield Magistrates’ Court for sentencing after a guilty plea at a previous hearing to keeping sheep in contravention of the 10 year ban.

His original four-month suspended prison sentence was extended by a month. He was given a 12-month conditional discharge, and ordered to pay £950 court costs at £70 a month.

Coun Kevin Parkinson, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said: “We work to ensure animals and livestock are properly cared for and correct procedures are followed.

“This case shows the thoroughness of our officers in ensuring banning orders are adhered to.”