A problem that goes back several years
DOG fighting in Chesham is not a new issue and several people have been jailed in connection with the crime.
In 2010, we received reports from worried readers about dog fighting taking place in the town, in particular in Captain’s Wood off Hivings Hill and in open spaces in the Pond Park and Waterside area.
We approached the police, who then appealed to readers with information on the crime to come forward.
This led to several readers contacting the paper, the police and RSPCA with information about dog fighting in the town.
As a result four men from Chesham were found guilty of dog fighting offences.
In November 2011, Mohammed Butt pleaded guilty to three counts of causing an animal fight and two of keeping an animal for fighting and he was sentenced to 18 weeks in prison.
Javed Jahangir and Sajid Mahmood originally pleaded not guilty but in March 2012 they changed their plea and Jahangir admitted to four dog-fighting offences and one charge of owning an illegal pit bull terrier-type dog, while Mahmood admitted to three dog-fighting charges and one charge of owning a pit bull terrier-type dog.
They were both also banned from keeping animals for life.
Another man, Danny Bignell, was given a community order in January 2012 after admitting to being present at a dog fight in Chesham.
He was handed a 12 month supervised community order, 150 hours unpaid community work and was banned from keeping an animal for 10 years.
The court saw mobile phone video footage of a group of men in a field in Chesham encouraging the dogs to fight and beating the pit bull terriers with sticks.
A raid on the men’s houses led officers to finding Jahangir’s dog, Tyson, a pit bull terriertype dog, and Mahmood’s dog Buster, of the same breed – which is illegal under the Dangerous Dogs Act – with ‘numerous fighting wounds’.
Buster had more than 120 injuries on his face, chest, shoulder and right side.
Both dogs had to be put down.
GUILTY: Javed Jahangir (left) and Sajid Mahmood (right) as seen in mobile phone footage used to convict them of dog fighting charges in 2012