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Teesside trio face charges in fight case

Three people from Teeside facing charges connected with underground dog fighting have had their case adjourned until the New Year.

Gary Adamson of Yarm has been charged with four offences by the RSPCA. The 37-year-old has been accused of causing unnecessary suffering to a dog, possessing a dangerous dog, training a dog to fight and owning equipment used in dog-fight training.

His ex-wife, Jane Adamson and Owen Batey from Middlesbrough, have also been charged with causing unnecessary suffering.

Their case before Teesside magistrates earlier this month was transferred last week to a court in Lincoln where an alleged dog fight took place.

This followed undercover footage of dog fights which were shown on BBC’s Inside Out programme and were subsequently handed to the RSPCA and Cleveland Police.

A total of seven men and three women were charged after the RSPCA raided the homes of alleged dog-fighting enthusiasts in Teesside, Birmingham, Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire.

The case has been adjourned until February 20.

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