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Drunken friends who got naked in a bath with a stolen pet rabbit, tried to shave her then threw her out of a window before wringing her neck

Frank Hudson, 19 and Martin Bell, 20, leave Peterlee magistrates court with a family member after sentencing

Frank Hudson, 19 and Martin Bell, 20, leave Peterlee magistrates court with a family member after sentencing

Drunken friends got naked in a bath with a stolen pet rabbit, tried to shave her then threw her out of a window before wringing her neck.

Percy, a much-loved white lion-headed rabbit had recently given birth to five babies when she was taken from her hutch, carried to a party in Seaham, County Durham, and then cruelly abused by Martin Bell, 20, Frank Hudson, 19 and two 17-year-olds who cannot be identified.

The baby rabbits died despite the efforts of their owners to rear them by hand because they could not survive without their mother.

Peterlee Magistrates’ Court heard how Bell and Hudson admitted causing unnecessary suffering to the pet.

Both men were given 18-month community orders, with 18 months of supervision, and 200 hours of unpaid work each.

They were both banned from keeping animals for five years, ordered to pay £85 costs each and £50 each in compensation.

Chairman of the Bench William Brown said: “What we have had described to us is quite a horrendous event.”

Newcastle Chronicle

The EDL Criminal here is Martin Bell who is a member of the Seaham EDL group.

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AN anti-mosque protester avoided jail after he was found to be carrying cocaine following a street demonstration.

Warren Faulkner also offered to “sort out” his differences with a police officer when they clashed during the protest in Millfield, Sunderland.

Newcastle Crown Court was told Faulkner was among a group demonstrating about plans to build a mosque in St Marks Road.

The 42-year-old, of Webb Avenue, Westlea, Seaham, was then spotted by an officer in a back lane shouting “come on, come on, bring it on”.

The court heard Faulkner tried to trip up the officer, who was separating the right-wing demonstrators from the anti-fascist group. As he was being detained, Webb told the officer: “I will give you my phone number, and we can sort this out without your uniform on”.

Prosecutor Michael Bunch said: “Following this, a small packet of cocaine was found in his trouser pocket, with a street value of £34.”

Faulkner, who had pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to possession of a controlled substance with intent to supply, and a public order offence, claimed he was only carrying the drug after someone asked him to keep it for them.

Vic Laffey, defending, said Faulkner had lost his job as a result of being brought before the court.

He said: “This was a straightforward agreement with the friend to keep the drugs, with no suggestion at all that he would make money or a profit from them. He intended to give the drugs back.”

Judge Simon Hickey QC sentenced Faulkner to six months in prison, suspended for 12 months. He also ordered him to do 100 hours’ unpaid work and abide by a supervision order.

Judge Hickey said: “You were there to deliberately antagonise the other group, and you offered to sort it out with him if he removed his uniform.”

The court was told Faulkner had 22 convictions, his last back in 2002.

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