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Dog fight ref off work with ‘stress’ after TV exposé

A REFEREE at illegal dog fights in Northern Ireland has take unauthorised absence from his job as a Park Ranger and claims to be suffering from stress after being ‘outed’ in the BBC’s hard-hitting Panorama/Spotlight documentary on dog fighting.

Christopher Hamill failed to turn up for work last Friday, following BBC Spotlight's shocking exposé of the depraved sport.

According to the newspaper Sunday Post, it is believed that 32-year-old Hamill, from Tandragee, Co Armagh later contacted his employers at Craigavon Borough Council to say he was suffering from ‘stress’ and would not be available for work.

The newspaper added that, according to a senior source at the Council Hamill is being investigated for arranging dogfights on council-owned property.

In last week’s OUR DOGS it was reported that BBC chiefs called in police after a ‘big reward ‘ was offered on eBay for the identity of undercover reporter ‘Steve’, the man who infiltrated Hamill's gang.