No police probe into cock fighting scandal

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POLICE say are not yet investigating claims that a Swatragh man is at the centre of a cock fighting scandal spanning both sides of the Irish border.

The man, who the MAIL has chosen not to name, was identified by the BBC after a two year investigation by animal cruelty charity USPCA.

He was filmed taking part in the blood thirsty sport, which has been banned for the last 200 years, as early as this month on a site in County Monaghan.

The USPCA also has photographic evidence of the barbaric battles taking place in South Derry, on land registered to the man’s family.

USPCA pictures taken almost a year ago showed men bringing caged birds to the Co Derry site before they were taken to a purpose built ring used for the cruel sport.

The event, which is known as a derby in the cock fighting world, also had a take-away van on site selling food as the chickens fought.

Some of the birds were later pictured being carried back to their cages dead.

The PSNI said it was aware of the claims, but said no investigation was as yet taking place.

A USPCA spokesperson said the material it obtained is “readily available” to the authorities.

He added that the animal cruelty body was now in the process of writing to the Agriculture Committee over the issue to identify what action can be taken over its investigation.