Over the last week Derbyshire Against the Cull have exposed 13 body bin sites. Badgers have been stored at these sites for almost the last five weeks of killing across the county and collected by a vehicle belonging to Flanders Fallen Stock.
FFS won the contract to collect dead badgers last year and are still at it for a second year running. This year however, they’ve used a vehicle, which was posted on their Facebook page. Oops.
FFS and owner Mark Flanders have suspiciously taken all their social media accounts down this year, but their details are now in the public domain for you to enjoy. Despite FFS having a base in Coalville, Leicestershire, Mark Flanders lives in Leek and stores many of the company vehicles close to his house, the registered address for FFS, much to his neighbours dismay.
One vehicle (reg YK65 LHC) parked in Leek is the van which was filmed collecting dead badgers in Derbyshire last year, parked on the road near a school and Mark’s house.
Below, you can also find a handy map detailing the locations of body bins in Derbyshire and their mobile numbers. Imagine you are a badger, trapped in a cage, wondering how you got there and whose fault it was. Now imagine you’re sat at home with a phone and a list of numbers for those responsible.
Welcome to Henley Hall, Ludlow, SY8 3HD. “A beautiful house in a magical location” where Helen and Sebastian Phillips organise weddings and events and even yoga retreats! They keep a dirty little secret though, they really like to kill badgers too!
“Dr Helen Phillips alongside her partner Lieutenant Colonel Sebastian Phillips, smiling whilst thinking about killing badgers”
Imagine the scenery; long, white dress. Smiles. Bubbly. Surrounded by oaks that are hundreds of years old, with your wedding photographer behind you when you realise you’re mopping badger blood with the train of your dress!
Do not worry, Helen and Sebastian are here to help and will ensure once the cull is over you do not have to see badgers ever again.
This is not an exaggeration either! Before the cull had even started, Helen and Sebastian were already at it, snaring badger runs and leaving their bodies to rot attached to the fence. You would’ve thought they would clean up if they didn’t want to be caught murdering a protected species!
Once the cull started, they decided to set some badger traps around the gardens to ensure no more badgers “ruin” their perfectly manicured park.
Henley Hall doesn’t just do weddings tho. They organise wellbeing and yoga retreats. Namaste, right?! Jules Burdett, the yoga teacher, seems to really like dogs.
We don’t know if she really hates badgers, but here is her email. You can drop her a line and ask why she is working with Helen and Sebastian when they are known badger murderers! You can also have a chat with her over Facebook if you prefer.
In a scene reminiscent from when pro-hunt scummers targeted Chris Packham’s home with a snared dead fox, members of a badger patrol in Wiltshire, were horrified to discover a dead shot fox had been deliberately placed in the entrance to field which was being monitored daily following an incident in which shooters had been stopped from shooting wildlife.
The field in question is owned by the Prior Family, who own Upper Coombe Farm, operating under the name of WP Prior & Sons in Castle Coombe. The farmers are a known cull farm who have been spotted by badger protectors in previous years culling badgers. Farming brothers Ben and John Prior are arable, ‘organic’ dairy and beef farmers, and Ben has been previously reported in 2008 to be urging the government to consider allowing him to cull badgers on the family’s organic farm. John is parish councillor with Castle Coombe Council.
During an earlier cull during 2019, we reported cull shooters operating on the Prior’s land were reported to police following an incident after killing a badger, they attacked a vehicle belonging to two badger protectors who were involved in a badger rescue attempt in the neighbouring Manor Hotel, whereby a hotel guest filmed an injured badger with a fenn trap attached to its leg enter into its sett on land belonging to the Manor Hotel’s Golf Course. The attack on the badger protectors delayed the rescue attempt, and sadly the badger passed away in one of the sett tunnels having pulled its own leg off underground to free itself from the trap.
Fast forward to September 2021, badger protectors patrolling in the Castle Coombe area heard shots fired coming from the Woodbury Hill Plantation area of Upper Castle Coombe. They witnessed a Silver Truck (Registration DN57 WMO] being driven by someone dressed in Hunt Staff attire, this was hardly surprising given the area is renowned Beaufort Hunt Country and the same day the Beaufort had been out terrorising the wildlife in nearby Foxham. The driver of the silver truck was clearly involved in the shooting, having been caught red handed in the field following the shots being taken.
Badger protectors returned to the field the following evening this time the shooters had brought along with them a pair of grunting terrier boys on an illegal quad. The quad was photographed and forwarded onto Wiltshire Police – as it was clearly unregistered on the public road (an offence under the Road Traffic Act) and was being driven illegally with a passenger. It’s worth noting that at no point in either incident, despite firearms being used and terrier boys driving illegally, did any police ever attend.
Determined to ensure that no more wildlife was killed on Prior’s land, badger protectors were visiting the area nightly. On Sunday, they returned late at night, to be met with a grizzly scene in which a dead shot fox had been deliberately place in the entrance to Prior’s field presumably as a warning or threat for the badger protectors. The fox had clearly been shot with a rifle a day or two beforehand, it had an entry wound but no exit. The wound itself was poor placement, and the poor fox would likely have suffered before death. We can’t fathom what sort of a man or men would inflict suffering on an innocent animal in this way, and then to use the poor animals dead body in this way. But then we aren’t dealing with fully rounded human beings are we. Why not contact the landowners and ask them if they are aware their cull contractors are behaving like this on their land.
On New Years Eve it was revealed that the notorious Mendip Farmers Hunt had left a device unsecured which had been accessed, it included a spreadsheet that was described as a “followers database“. That was turned into a map, uproar ensued with hunt followers on facebook getting very very angry and upset that it would lead to terrorism!
Weird cos they are big hard guys in the field, ganging up and attacking any sab no matter how much smaller they are in stature. The big hard men it seems are worried someone might ring them up and start asking them questions!! Something which is perfectly lawful.
Maybe the anger came from the frustration of not knowing how many files of theirs we actually have? Today we can reveal that we have minutes from their meetings and we can see why they are so on edge, they are close to collapse! June Minutes download here. November Minutes download here.
Check out this comment from June 2020 minutes:
Further on in the same minutes, the desperation is clear:
November doesn’t seem much brighter for them, with their only asset Bowery Bungalow looking like it will have to be sold to keep the hunt going:
We understand that the thousands of pounds they usually earn from the Glastonbury festival is from working as stewards, we would suggest that charities such as Oxfam and Greenpeace who supply a number of festival stewards already should replace the Mendip Farmers.
This year’s Glastonbury festival is rumoured to be called off, but should it go ahead, if stewards start being questioned about their involvement in fox hunting, then Michael Eavis only has himself to blame for employing violent nutters in the first place.
Why not give Mr. Eavis a ring and ask him politely why he employs fox hunting thugs?
If you would like to help finish this hunt off, why not look through the spreadsheet or map and start making phone calls to people who live on farms?
If enough people make the calls then it may make a real difference, just a few farms pulling their land access to the hunt could be the final nail in the coffin for this hunt.
The Mendip Farmers Fox Hunt and their followers are well known to be one of the most violent hunts in the West Country, they have assaulted hunt sabs and monitors on numerous occassions over the years.
Well what goes around comes around, a member of Mendip Farmers Hunt made the foolish mistake of losing a device that contained a spreadsheet with all the supporters listed: “Mendip Farmers Followers”
It’s accuracy is only known to the people on that list and if anyone thinks they shouldn’t be on the list, then they should contact the Mendip Farmers in the first instance and demand an explanation as to why they were on their followers database.
As you would expect there are all sorts of titled people. Jacob Rees Mogg MP being the most famous, Sir David Wills and his wife Lady Paula Wills, Lord Waldegreave who is the chairman of the school governors of Eton.
We hope that fox hunters see some sense and make a New Years resolution to give up the filthy habit of fox hunting.
We will be working hard to ensure that 2021 is as painful for the entire hunting community as 2020 has been.
This year due to coronavirus, the Hunting Office which is the executive arm of all the hunting with hound organisations, had it’s annual AGM via Zoom.
The AGM was broken down into webinars on specific subjects. Unbeknown to the organisers, one of the 100+ Hunt Masters who attended, clearly has an axe to grind, this disgruntled Master (who is unknown to us), recorded the webinars and sent copies to us at Stop the Cull.
Whilst Stop the Cull certainly does frequently report on and campaign on hunting issues, we immediately decided to hand over all the footage to the Hunt Saboteurs Association (HSA) because they are the organisation with the most experience on hunting, this is the one thing that the Master of Foxhounds Association (MFHA) clearly agrees with us on!
If you would like to help protect our wildlife, please consider becoming a member of the HSA. It costs £20 per year which is a bargain – so why not buy a membership for a friend whilst you’re at it. link.
Everyone meet Nick Hector, he lives at Withypool Farm, Barrows Drove, Somerset BS28 4HF. Nick is a badger cull director in Somerset. Nick doesn’t come across as the scummiest of folk we’ve ever crossed but looks can be deceiving, especially for this seemingly harmless family guy…..
His business MPL Solutions Ltd serves the explicit purpose of killing badgers. It’s a very lucrative business for Nick and his associates, namely Hayden Garret and his brother Tim Hector.
As you can see from their accounts, their wildlife massacring venture is making some money with assets of £227,868. That’s quite a substantial amount of money – the humble farmer would have any of us believe they are quite hard done by!
You would think they wouldn’t need extra money from such an odious task seeing as they already have income streams from their day jobs.
Nick is a cow exploiter and along with Tim is to inherit the local Wedmore butcher shop Hectors Farm Shop from Daddy Hector.
Nick breeds turkeys who he also kills onsite at Withypool Farm within one of the grimmest set ups you could imagine, inside the back of a truck, surrounded by bins of festering dead birds and sacks of overflowing feathers. A blatant disregard for any of the major biosecurity risks this presents, especially considering badger bodies are regularly exchanged throughout these buildings too.
Multiple scrap metal heaps also spill out across the farm and recent visits confirm that Nick might not be doing too well in the cull after all, given the amount of obliterated cage remains sitting freshly on the piles.
One pile in particular caught our eye and has been reported to the police. Nick decided to dump a whole truckload of rubbish and tyres on top of an active badger sett! Nick, that is not the way to go, although seeing that you are not very good at your job we are not surprised you resort to illegally blocking a badger sett.
Seeing as wife Rachel Hector has been down Nick’s throat to get their fancy new farm house built we can see the motive behind wanting to slay-4-cash. Nick no doubt wants to prove himself as the future head of the Hector empire but recently when faced with a lone sab bashing cages right outside the open doorway to their home, Nick went into hiding! What a guy!
Hayden Garret, also a dairy farmer at Pine Farm, Wrington Hill, Wrington, Bristol, United Kingdom, BS40 5PR is an ex- chairperson of the Somerset branch of the NFU. Given this position we wouldn’t expect him to be against badger slaughter (or any slaughter for that matter) but with a whopping half a mil of liabilities owing in 2019 we could see why Garret would want to top up the money pot in any way he can. Blood money isn’t the way though Hayden.
Tim Hector is a venerated member of the Cooper Tanner and Wedmore group. Who are well known real estate agents in the South West and Tim handles all of their dealings in
agricultural land as well as being a cattle auctioneer. So many strings Timbo! We wonder if the Cooper and Tanner customers would be happy that their money goes to fund a badger murdering family. We think not. Cooper and Tanner have a Facebook you can have a look at: https://www.facebook.com/cooperandtanner/ And they also have a telephone number, so you wish to enquire if a house on the market is splattered in badger blood: 01373 831010 So seeing that the cull isn’t going too well for poor Nick Hector, we wonder if getting involved in murdering badgers is something he regrets. If you want to, you can give him a call and ask him on: 01934 712478.
This is James Badman and his wife Rhoda. They live in Panborough, in-between the picturesque towns of Glastonbury and Cheddar, and run a dairy farm and caravan site called Garden End Farm. As if they weren’t busy enough, they also decided to join the badger cull this year.
Multiple cages have been laid around their caravan park, which is described on their website as “sitting amongst our apple and plum trees.” No mention of the badger blood splattered against the floor. We believe it is nefarious not to be open to their customers about their badger murdering activities. As their website reads; “The campsite has hedges covering three of the four sides making it safe for children.” But we are not too sure it is very safe for children to be exposed to firearms, and being totally honest, it is those hedges that are being used to hide the cages to trap and murder badgers.
James finds himself a bit of an activist. In 2012 he led an action blockading a dairy farm as a protest for the low wholesale price of milk. Instead of realising that it is deeply disturbing to forcefully impregnate and milk cows for profit, he went on with his dairy business and decided to join the badger cull. Mr Edward Badman (James’s dad) attempted a bit of a political career in the local council, but stood down earlier this year alongside George Bethell (who he shares a failed Slurry company with).
We wonder if they encountered some opposition to the badger cull and had to walk away from it to ensure Wedmore based badger cull company owner Nick Hector didn’t get into too much trouble.
Well, Mr Badman, you chose wrong. And we know you did wrong because your business is going bust. You just dissolved your Slurry business after fucking about lending yourself money multiple times and your Dairy company owed half a million pounds at the end of last year. Did you think killing badgers would make you some money? As we said, you really, really chose wrong.
The good thing about it is that everybody can tell Mr Badman about his wrongdoing! This is Garden End Caravan Site telephone number: 01934 712414
This is their address, in case you want to camp there and you get lost: Garden End Farm, Panborough, Wells BA5 1PN
AND THEY ARE PART OF THE CAMPING AND CARVANNING CLUB, WHO WILL MOST LIKELY NOT BE HAPPY ABOUT THIS. Give them a call here: 0845 130 7631
Or write to them on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/thefriendlyclub Please keep all communications polite and DO NOT call them at night, in case they are resting before shooting badgers in the morning.
We suspect that Mike doesn’t have permission from directors including Richard Dawkins to kill badgers, but may well be getting pressured by his neighbours who have clearly gone down with bTB according to the ibtb.co.uk website:
It’s sadly something that is seen across all cull zones, farmers who have no interest in being involved in the badger cull being bullied into it by neighbours, cull directors and local parish organisers. We do not know if Mike Kettlewell has been pressured or if he has gone along with it willingly, but he certainly has logged into the NFU’s badger killing website.
Please email Mike Kettlewell at: firstname.lastname@example.org tel: 01608 644693 mobile: 07850 002245 and politely ask him to make a public stand against the badger cull.