JAMES (Jamie) Gray, of Spindle Farm, Amersham, appeared in court on 18 and 21 July charged with trading standards offences brought by two county councils.

Buckinghamshire Trading Standards accuses Mr Gray of two charges of failing to dispose of the bodies of ponies and three of failing to disclose a conviction for animal cruelty when applying for a licence to transport animals.

He denied the charges and magistrates at High Wycombe adjourned the trial until a 10-week RSPCA case involving cruelty to 111 equines, concludes. It is due to take place in December.

Mr Gray also denies five welfare charges relating to animals he was transporting through the docks at Dover being brought by Kent Trading Standards.

A two-day trial has been set for 11 November at Ashford Magistrates Court.

This news story was first published in Horse & Hound (15 August, ’08)