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Trial of Seven Kings man accused of running illegal cockfighting den starts today

PUBLISHED: 07:00 13 November 2017

Stock photo of a cock fight (credit: Carsten Ten Brink/Flickr under a Creative Commons License)

Stock photo of a cock fight (credit: Carsten Ten Brink/Flickr under a Creative Commons License)

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The trial of a 50-year-old man accused of running illegal cockerel fights in Seven Kings is set to begin today.

Mohammed Asab is one of six people charged in connection with an RSCPA investigation in to a cockfight held in Water Lane, Seven Kings, in January.

The 50-year-old man, who also lives in Water Lane, is charged with causing an animal fight involving cockerels, taking part in an animal fight involving cockerels, kept or trained cockerels for use in connection with an animal fight, kept premises for use for an animal fight, and causing unnecessary suffering to a cockerel by failing to provide veterinary care.

He denies all charges.

Four other men and a 16-year-old teenager who cannot be named are also set to appear charged with being present at an animal fight involving cockerels, contrary to the Animal Welfare Act 2006.

Mohamed Arif, 43, of Fairfield Road, Ilford; Akhtar Hussain, 47, of Greenhill Grove, Manor Park; Mehtab Ahmed, 41, of Celebration Way, London; and Altaf Hussain, 54, of Parkstone Road, Coventry in the West Midlands, have all pleaded not guity.

The trial is expected to run until Wednesday at Romford Magistrates Court.

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