TWO Herefordshire men who handled stolen riding saddles have pleaded guilty.

Jason Dufty and Martin Dykes, both 33 and from Herefordshire, appeared at Telford Magistrates’ Court on April 11 and pleaded guilty to one count of handling stolen goods, along with co-defendant Bethan Collin, 28, from Shropshire.

The three, represented by defence solicitor Matt Lewis, admitted to handling nine saddles at Cleobury Mortimer in May 2021.


The saddles were worth a total of about £13,000, and the defendants were said to have dishonestly believed to retain, remove, dispose or realise the goods, knowing or believing them to be stolen.

The prosecution solicitor John Cattell said the saddles belonged to Mawley Estates, a family-owned enterprise in Shropshire that works in agriculture, forestry, hospitality and country pursuits.

Dufty of Battlebridge Close in Leominster, Dykes of Belle Vue Terrace in Hereford and Collin of Bucknell, will be sentenced at Shrewsbury Crown Court this month.