Four people have been handed prison sentences ranging from four-and-a-half months to six months for their part in one of Europe's biggest dogfighting gangs.

The syndicate had links to a gang in Northern Ireland, with paramilitary connections, who supplied illegal American pit bull dogs.

Members of the ring attended fights as far away as Finland.

Claire Parker, 44, who was convicted earlier this month of holding dogfights at her home in Lincolnshire, was sentenced to 18 weeks in prison.

Parker, a mother of three young children, was also banned from keeping animals for 10 years.

Three co-defendants were jailed for between 23 and the maximum 26 weeks for the animal cruelty offenses.

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