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Seven Kings man denies running illegal cockfighting den

PUBLISHED: 14:23 11 July 2017 | UPDATED: 14:23 11 July 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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A 50-year-old man has denied running illegal cockerel fights in Seven Kings.

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, appeared in the dock at Barkingside Magistrates Court on Friday afternoon 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 entered a not guilty plea to all charges.

Four other men and a 16-year-old teenager who cannot be named are also 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, all pleaded not guity.

A trial has been fixed for November 13 to 15 at Romford Magistrates Court.


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