A woman from High Wycombe has been slapped with a fine after breaching an animal ban for the third time. 

Donna Glenister, from Tapping Road, appeared before High Wycombe Magistrates' Court on July 12 for the third time after breaching a disqualification order again. 

The court heard that the RSPCA was contacted in January this year by a member of the public, who informed the animal welfare charity that Glenister was keeping a horse, despite being subjected to a disqualification order.

Yesterday, magistrates gave Glenister a 12-week prison sentence suspended for 12 months, ordered her to pay costs of £750 and a £115 victim surcharge, as well as extending her disqualification order on keeping horses for a further seven years, expiring in 2024.

RSPCA inspector Rachel Smith said: “After being informed that Glenister had a horse, I went to the stables and found she did indeed have a bay gelding horse named Burt.

“Courts impose disqualification orders on people convicted on animal welfare offences to protect further animals from suffering.

“We are grateful to the member of the public who contacted us, and as a result the horse was removed from Glenister’s care and has now been rehomed.

“It is important to reiterate to the public that we rely on them to tell us if someone has breached a ban. We depend on the public to be our eyes and ears and we take breaches of bans very seriously - as do the courts.”

Glenister was originally banned from keeping horses for five years in January 2012 after pleading guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to two horses.

She appeared in court again in January 2015 and January 2016 for breaching the order.