A ‘neighbour from hell’ who set a snare which killed his neighbour’s cat was sentenced at Yeovil magistrates court.

Edward Masters, 50, of Camborne Street, Yeovil, who booby-trapped his garden to keep out the neighbour’s cat, has just been sentenced to 200 hours community service. A grey and cream Abyssinian cat, belonging to Mr and Mrs Ruddle, was found dead hanging from a wire snare last November.

Ted Masters, a Yeovil plumber, who scattered broken glass in his borders as well as setting several nylon and wire snares in his shrubbery, was ordered to pay £1000 in court costs as well as £450 in compensation to the Ruddles, for causing ‘unnecessary suffering’ to the pet’.