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Former animal sanctuary owner denies breaching life ban on keeping horses

PUBLISHED: 18:32 14 February 2018 | UPDATED: 08:14 15 February 2018

William Hand at the Rainbow Meadows Horse Sanctuary, pictured before his ban on keeping horses. Picture: Ian Burt

William Hand at the Rainbow Meadows Horse Sanctuary, pictured before his ban on keeping horses. Picture: Ian Burt

A former animal sanctuary owner has denied breaching his life ban on keeping horses when he appeared before Norwich magistrates.

William Hand at the Rainbow Meadows Horse Sanctuary, pictured before his ban on keeping horses. Picture: Ian Burt William Hand at the Rainbow Meadows Horse Sanctuary, pictured before his ban on keeping horses. Picture: Ian Burt

William Hand, 53, who used to run the Rainbow Meadows Horse Rescue at Foulsham, near Fakenham, was given a lifetime ban in December 2016 after he admitted eight charges of causing unnecessary suffering to 20 horses and was also given a 15-week suspended prison sentence.

Hand denied three charges of breaching the order when he is alleged to have kept two piebald cobs and a bay pony and also that he had control or influence over the way horses were kept between June 2017 and September 2017.

His trial was adjourned to a date to be fixed, but there will be a further hearing on March 9.

The court heard that Hand was also planning to appeal his conviction and lifetime ban.

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