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But within the medical research community, he is less a pariah than a pioneer, zealous in his defence of controversial methods By Tim Luckhurst story Observer Throughout history scientists and medical professionals critical of vivisection have been sidelined, their careers and reputations at risk Edwards, Dubai letter Last year members of the Portman Hunt feared that new anti-hunting legislation would deprive them of their annual Christmas outing.
But with the legislation falling through earlier this year members of the Dorset hunt were able to come out in style on Friday, starting off as usual from the Crown Hotel in Blandford The Rockwood Hunt rode out in Upper Denby, watched by dozens of supporters. And Colne Valley Beagles took to the fields and lanes across Scammonden - in what could be a defining moment for country sports At Lach Dennis, up to 40 hunters were on horseback, followed by an estimated on foot About 20 riders, followed by people on foot, took part in the Staffordshire Moorlands Hunt Around people turned out in force to see 30 huntsmen on horseback at the Meynell and South Staffordshire hunt at Blithfield Hall near Abbots Bromley One of the biggest meets of the day was at Cirencester Park where about 6, supporters turned up for the Vale of White Horse Hunt story Guardian Foxes limit their own population As the biggest day in the foxhunting calendar - the Boxing Day hunt - began, two former cabinet secretaries and one Labour-appointed peer came out to argue that, politically, the act should not be used on a free vote.
It has been used only three times since being introduced in Their views were roundly attacked by Labour backbenchers who said the act was designed precisely for instances like these when the will of the elected House of Commons should prevail over that of the appointed House of Lords Richard de Prez, the master-in-charge of the Cheshire Forest Hunt, said: More than protesters were at Wentbridge, West Yorks, but they were outnumbered by more than 1, supporters of the Badsworth Fox Hounds The Countryside Alliance claimed thatsupporters had turned up at about meets, an increase of 10 per cent compared with last year Ian Harris, 66, who rides with the Tiverton Foxhounds and Culmstock Minkhounds in Devon, was overwhelmed with cash after placing an advertisement in Horse and Hound magazine in the summer Mr Martin, who is a whipper-in with the Wiltshire and Infantry Beagles and co-ordinator of Clergymen for Field Sports, a strong non-denominational group, said he was concerned that hunt blessings could be misconstrued Among the biggest crowds were 6, at Cirencester Park at the meet of the Vale of the White Horse, 5, with the Beaufort Hunt at Badminton and 3, at Pershore, near Evesham to support the Croome and west Warwickshire hunt.
By contrast, about demonstrators were present at the sampled meetings The tiny Somerset village of Exford was taken over by hunt supporters thronging the roads and grass verges. And there was a mood of optimism as the Devon and Somerset Staghounds gathered in the courtyard of the White Horse Hotel yesterday morning Four Burrow joint master Paul Hancock said they had never had so much support Ivor Annetts, coordinator of the Mid Devon League Against Cruel Sports support group, said people were anxious to have the issue settled once and for all.
He was among a group of banner-waving demonstrators showing their opposition to hunting at the Spooners and West Dartmoor meet in Tavistock But as London Editor Jason Groves reports, next year could be the last for the controversial country pursuit Debate: Anti-hunt protester Gary Butlin confronts huntsmen at the Tavistock Hunt If the dogged opponents of hunting finally get their way then the Hunting Bill will be brought back at some point next year and forced onto the statute books using the Parliament Act in November For John Heywood, the tradition of hunting is in his blood - having been exposed to it all his life Meanwhile, dressed smartly with his official Devon and Somerset Staghounds tie, year-old retired farmer Arthur Webber from Cutcombe near Minehead, said he proudly supported hunting One thing is clear; this uncertainty cannot go on It's time New Labour either finished what they started or admitted they were wrong and abandoned this legislation altogether.
Inso far as hunting is concerned, Tony Blair had better put up - or shut up. Western Daily Press Feelings were running high at the Avon Vale Hunt in Lacock, near Chippenham, Wiltshire, where placards and banners were angrily waved on both sides At the Avon Vale Hunt in Lacock, near Chippenham, Wiltshire, demonstrators were out in force, waving banners proclaiming "out foxed, out dated and out voted".
But they were greatly outnumbered by supporters, who met the animal rights activists head on and displayed their own pro-hunt placards One of the biggest meets of the day was at nearby Cirencester Park where about 6, supporters turned up for the Vale of White Horse Hunt They braved the bitter temperatures to show their support for the Holderness Hunt at a critical time that could yet see hunting with dogs banned Also out were Catterick Beagles, based at Catt- erick Garrison, who hunt over the military training area In Ludlow, more than riders turned out for the South Shropshire Hunt's annual event and hundreds of people gathered in the town's historic castle to wave them off.
And hundreds packed into Newport High Street to see the Albrighton Hunt set off followed by the traditional carriage parade.
More than 70 riders turned out for the Wheatland Hunt's traditional Boxing Day event Quorn, Atherstone and Fernie hunts reported bigger crowds than last year at the traditional Christmas meets Many of the handfuls of protesters, who turned up at several of the 12 hunting meets held in Northumberland and County Durham yesterday had hoped last year's Boxing Day hunts would be the last to be held Banners waved at the plus members of the Braes of Derwent hunt as they left the car park of the Queen's Head pub in Lanchester, near Consett, claimed that exposing youngsters to the "barbarity" of fox-hunting made them immune to the suffering caused to animals.
Mary Wood, who has protested at various fox-hunts across the region for the past seven years, said: Deep divisions between supporters and opponents were reflected at the Braes of Derwent Hunt, in Lanchester, County Durham, where a small group of anti-hunt demonstrators staged a peaceful protest At Brocklesby, large crowds lined the point-to-point course to watch the horses and hounds parade Master of the Hunt at South Wold, Daniel Crane, even urged members of the gathered crowds in Louth to become more involved Master of the Cumberland Farmers Foxhounds hunt at Welton, Peter Wybergh, posed with his horse Penny before sounding the horn to start the hunt December 26 is the red letter day of the hunting calendar We are not going to take sides in the argument over hunting The Government says it wants a ban but it has chosen not to reintroduce its Hunting Bill in the current session of Parliament.
Our legislators should stop dithering. Either ban hunting or leave the hunting fraternity to get on with it. The huntsman used the Boxing Day meet of Holderness Hunt on Beverley's Westwood to issue a rallying call to preserve the much-loved festive tradition A crowd of around gathered on the pasture land to watch 40 horses and 25 hounds gather for the chase.
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A similar-sized crowd gathered at the Middleton Hunt in Driffield Protesters were noticeable by their absence at the Duke of Beaufort's Worcester Lodge estate in Didmarton yesterday, where the Countryside Alliance put the number of supporters at 5, And in Thornbury High Street where the Berkeley Hunt met, two protesters waving a banner were lost in a sea of supporters People in the centre of Chipping Norton gathered to watch the meet of the Heythrop Hunt There were about mounted followers and several hundred people on foot In the south of the county, 93 riders joined the Old Berkshire Hunt.
The huntsmen and women, supported by cars containing followers, gathered at the Hunt Kennels near Faringdon at 11am, and rode through Little Coxwell, Longcot and Shellingford, led by their field master, Viscount William Astor They handed a top hat and riding crop, together with a badge naming Mr Blair as the master of the Chequers poodle hounds as well as a video of the Bicester and Whaddon Chase Hunt, to policemen on the gate at Chequers Bernie Wright of the Association of Hunt Saboteurs AHS said that teaching children cruelty to animals at an early age could lead some of them to abuse people later in life Ms Wright - who joined between 40 and 50 protesters at the year-old Waterford Foxhounds hunt - predicted that if the fox hunting ban was implemented in Britain, then Ireland would follow suit Meanwhile, 1, people gathered in Kells to support the strong Meath Hunt.
Master of Hounds John Henry said conditions were perfect - there were no injuries and no fox was caught or killed. There were no protesters at the event. A handful of anti-hunt campaigners gathered at Wymondham market place as the Dunston Harriers rode out on their annual Boxing Day hare hunt A crowd of about people who had gathered to watch the start of the hunt tried to drown out the noise of the protest At Sennowe Park, near Fakenham, a large crowd watched a gathering of the North Norfolk Harriers, where more than 40 riders saddled up It was a case of "they're off" at Fakenham Racecourse, which was the venue for the West Norfolk Foxhounds, and where a handful of protesters were outnumbered by hundreds of supporters A small but vociferous band of protesters chanted anti-hunt slogans amid a crowd of cheering supporters at the Dunston Harriers's meet in Wymondham Market Place Protester Linda Majzlik, of Norwich-based Saving Animals from Exploitation, said they deplored any form of cruelty to animals and wanted hunting banned as quickly as possible Elsewhere in the county hunting of a more traditional kind was taking place.
The New Forest Hounds abandoned this year's Brockenhurst hunt after several of the foxhounds caught kennel cough Liz Mort, eastern region director of the Countryside Alliance, who joined the start of the Essex and Suffolk Foxhounds hunt at Hadleigh, pledged to fight any Government moves to outlaw the field sport Nationwide, the Countryside Alliance claimed it had attracted more thanhunt supporters, who outnumbered protesters by A crowd of several hundred people gathered in the centre of Bungay for the traditional Boxing Day meet of the Waveney Harriers The meet of the Essex Farmers and Union was held outside the Maldon district for the first time in more than 60 years Meets across the region saw record turnouts yesterday, with 1, people gathering at the Warwickshire Hunt and 1, at Droitwich, according to lobby group the Countryside Alliance Animal rights campaigner Janet Higgins travelled from Rugby, Warwickshire, to protest I can only hope that bears in Japan will soon be rescued and that this sick and barbaric way of keeping animals will be stopped.
J Swan Westbury Wiltshire letter Animal rights activists conceded that they were outnumbered but said they would not stop until hunting had been banned. It was a warning which appeared to have been taken seriously by supporters at the Old Surrey Burstow and West Kent Hunt Meanwhile the anti-hunt group Protect Our Wild Animals took their protest to the Prime Minister himself, at his country house Chequers The Countryside Alliance survey found that most people saw the NHS as the top issue facing ministers Of those questioned, just one in 50 said that Labour should concentrate on introducing the hunting Bill Lord Armstrong of Ilminster and Lord Wilson of Dinton make public their views as hunts across the country gather for the traditional Boxing Day meet The warning comes as a poll of 1, people, commissioned by the pro-hunting group the Countryside Alliance, claims that only 2 per cent of people believe that a ban should be a government priority The move was announced as a record number of hunt enthusiasts were expected to turn out for today's Boxing Day meetings, in a show of strength against a possible ban An NOP survey, commissioned by the pro-hunt Countryside Alliance, found that only 2 per cent of people believed hunting the most important issue for the Government Julie Nelson, a riding school instructor from Hull who hunts with the Hunsley Beacon Beagles in Yorkshire, said "the doors would be thrown wide open" to the public today We are all used to a Christmas schedule that relies heavily on repeats, but it's time to challenge this annual canard The Chief Constable of Suffolk has issued a warning, on behalf of the Association of Chief Police Officers, about the practicality of enforcing a ban.
Crocodiles have been a protected species in Australia's Northern Territories for more than 30 years and the population has consequently risen tenfold As Nick Herbert says opposite, the Government is foolishly still contemplating a ban of foxhunting here With a bit of luck, nobody would be eaten, though. Estimates of turnout varied wildly on both sides, with the Countryside Alliance claiming it had attracted more thanhunt supporters, who outnumbered protesters by on the biggest day in the hunting calendar.
Animal rights activists, including the League Against Cruel Sports, said thousands of protesters congregated around some locations to hold largely peaceful demonstrations David Nunn, who is joint master of the Easton Harriers, which is holding a hunt at Saxtead Green, near Framlingham, said: More on him later.
Amateur Whip Of The New Forest Foxhounds, John Mitchell found guilty of careless driving after sandwiching a Southampton saboteur between a van and a landrover, running over the sab's foot and hitting him with the wing mirror.
A police officer witnessed the incident. Adrian Thompson was found not guilty of being involved in an attack on Dorset HSA's van while they were attending a meet of the Crawley and Horsham Foxhounds. Two sabs had been subjected to a furious assault and the van had been pushed into a ditch and its windows smashed. During the trial Thompson seemed to lay the blame firmly on a mysterious acquaintance 'Wayne' who has never been traced. Surrey Union Foxhounds Supporter, Gary John Moore, pleaded guilty to two charges of common assault and affray after an unprovoked attack on local saboteurs outside a pub.
At the time of his arrest police had to drag him off his victim, who had already been beaten to the ground. Even while he was restrained Moore attempted to kick the saboteur in the head. The incident happened during a meet of the York and Ainsty South.
A local landowner who had fenced off an area of his land which contained a badger sett, felt the fewer people who knew about the it the better. However, later that day the landowner noticed the fence had been broken down and somebody was digging up the sett. Rooke who has 20 years experience an amateur terrierman did not believe it was a sett, he thought it was a rabbit warren, and was told there was a fox down it and it was his job to get the fox out.
Mr Darwin, mitigating said: The magistrates heard that the Cumberland Farmers were out hunting near Penrith when McColgan found that a fox had gone down a hole, he then called over Dickinson. The holes were then blocked and some nets were put over other entrances, a terrier was then entered the holes. Both men admitted in interviews that they had put a terrier down but said the contentious issue was whether they were signs of the sett being an active one. Wooton Bassett magistrates heard how Richard Lovett 41 of Meysey Hampton, Cirencester, Gloucestershire blocked up a sett in readiness for hunting the following day.
Lovett who is also a former gamekeeper and Gloucestershire Area Representative for the Fell and Moorland Working Terrier Club gave evidence for five hours, during which he totally denied having done anything wrong and said he had followed the Masters of Foxhounds Association rules diligently.
Many witnesses were called in an attempt to persuade the court that blocking up the sett entrances with lumps of wet, heavy clay did not conflict with the Protection of Badgers Act, which dictates that if earth is used it must consist of 'loose soil'. Lovett appeared at Swindon Crown Court to appeal against his conviction for illegally blocking a badger sett. The Crown Court rejected his appeal and decided that Lovett had committed the offence.
A hunt supporter of the Seavington Hunt who trespassed on a railway line was caught on camera and reported to the police by a member of League Against Cruel Sports. In his defence Martin said "He had been led to believe that checks had been done and no trains were running on that day. He had been doing what he did that day for many years.
Ignorance of the law is no excuse but no-one ever stopped him". During the day Richards had thrust himself through their car window, both the monitors inside were hit around the face and one video camera was damaged. In court, Richards claimed he had been given the task of getting between the hounds and the stag to stop them attacking it. The court was told how Mitchell, who is the amateur whipper-in with the New Forest Foxhounds had sandwiched a hunt sab from Southampton between a van and a Land Rover.
The incident happened when a sab was standing close to the side of a Land Rover when Mitchell drove past, the front wheel went over the sabs left foot and the wing mirror hit his shoulder, it was at this point when he was sandwiched between the two vehicles. The Southampton sab suffered a badly sprained ankle and other injuries. A police officer on duty at the time of the incident said other vehicles had found room to pass comfortably.
Mitchell also claimed in court it was a "set-up". Scott had denied the offence. She told the court she was following the deer to see where it went, and to prevent trespass by hounds onto sanctuary land.
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The court heard how they were spotted by a local gamekeeper who had watched them digging at a well known badger sett. One of them had a dog locator scanner while another was poking a large metal spike into the ground.
All sentences are to run concurrently. They were also banned from keeping animals for 5 years. Alan Owen 48 of Glandwr Gwynfryn, Llanbedr, Gwynedd has lost his appeal for the revocation of his firearms licence. The court was told how Owen had threatened his neighbour with a knife after he had shot and wounded a hound which was trespassing in a field of sheep.
At the time he admitted common assault, but denied the knife threat. The court ordered that his firearms certificate be taken away. In September he appeared at Caernarfon Crown Court to appeal against the revocation of his firearms certificate.
The court heard he possessed a shotgun, but not used it since he was twelve, two rifles and a handgun. The local police opposed the appeal on the grounds that he was, in their opinion 'not a fit person to possess firearms'. He is also accused of causing unnecessary suffering and terror on the same day to a captive tethered pigeon, by using it as a live lure to attract birds of prey.
However, when he was out with the hunt the court heard how he rode his horse at the LACS member and struck him twice across the head with a whip resulting in him ending up on the floor. At the time the LACS member was filming a fox being dug out after it had gone to ground.
Woodhouse was said to be in pain after falling from his horse earlier on in the day was described as a very cool character, however, he could only remember striking only one blow. A haulier was sentenced to four months in prison and banned from keeping any animal for five years after becoming the first man ever to be caught unlawfully transporting a live badger. Mackin was arrested by Durham police after being stopped in his lorry. Police requested RSPCA assistance after discovering a live badger tied up in a sack in the back of the lorry.
Mackin had travelled to County Durham from Northern Ireland. It confirms our suspicions that badgers are being dug out and transported elsewhere for baiting. The badger was found tied up and covered in mud in the middle of the loaded wagon and we believe it had been driven all the way from Northern Ireland to be baited over here".
The badger was later found to be pregnant and after recovering from the ordeal gave birth to three cubs. After rehabilitation, the sow along with all the cubs were successfully released into the wild in the South of England.
Stephen Barnes, a rider with The South Notts Foxhounds, found to have deliberately ridden over a female saboteur, breaking her elbow and causing severe bruising, in a civil case brought by the saboteur. Barnes was apparently 'banned' from riding with the hunt after the incident in Both were charged with disturbing a badger sett and causing a dog to enter a badger sett after the Cheshire Foxhounds had passed over the land earlier the same day.
The farmer who owned the land said "I was approached by Kneale, he said a fox had run to ground during the hunt and would it be all right to dig it out. I gave him permission. I didn't know they were going near where the badger sett. Apparently Venner tried to pinch a flag from the L. Boddington, who works for a public relations company called Written Image denied the offence.
However, magistrates heard how a former traffic policeman was waiting to pick up his wife in the middle of Chester when he saw Boddington return to her car, which was parked between a Rover and a Maestro. The car only had a four feet space behind it. He then watched as she reversed sharply knocking into the bumper of the Maestro, pushing it down the road for about two feet, she then drove straight off.
When interviewed by the police she repeated several times she had not had an accident. Boddington also added "This may be a malicious allegation because of my high profile activities with the Cheshire Hunt. My vehicle registration is very well known". The court also heard she already had six points on her licence. The court heard how he had punched Michael Wingfield Boyce 55 of Long Lane, Beverley, huntsman with the Holderness Hunt, while Boyce was on the ground Norman kicked him in the head, breaking his nose, cheekbone and blacking both eyes.
The trouble erupted after Boyce's lover Libby Merryless 37 and Norman's wife Alison were seen fighting like wildcats on a stable floor.
The court heard how Boyce had seduced Alison when she was 17 and began a year affair with her. They both launched an equestrian business but fell out when she found him kissing her best friend Merryless. Police have decided to take no action against the Morpeth Hunt following an investigation into the incident.
Police launched an investigation into allegations that a badger sett was damaged during the incident in which the huntsmen had to remove the hounds from the country park, where hunting is banned. Northumberland County Council launched its own probe after claims the hounds chased foxes through the park three times in two hours. Hunting is not permitted in the park but there is an agreement that huntsmen can go in and remove hounds if they run into the area while chasing foxes.
The agreement states that the hunt should retrieve their hounds as quickly as possible without disturbance to visitors or wildlife. The huntsman, claims that the hounds were 'knackered' after a hard season was not accepted by the court.
Richard Payne, the hunt's secretary and representative pleaded guilty to the charge. Three men who threatened members of the South Dorset Anti-Blood Sports group at a hunt meeting in Somerset were sentenced by Yeovil magistrates. Bernard Martin 59 of Haselbury Plucknett, his son Paul Martin 33 of Dinnington, and Gordon Martin 51 of Haselbury Plucknett pleaded guilty to using threatening behaviour towards hunt protesters at a meet of the Cattistock Hunt.
Rodney Ellis who is the joint master of the Tedworth Hunt escaped a driving ban after blaming his wife's riding injury. When he was stopped by police Ellis was arrested after he refused to give a breath sample. However, he later agreed to provide on, which showed he was nearly twice over the legal limit. Ellis appeared before Devizes magistrates after an Appeal Court ordered him to be re-sentenced. He pleaded guilty to allowing Cypermethin, which is used to treat mange in the hounds at the Beufort kennels to enter the river Avon.
The pesticide killed around 10, endangered white clawed crayfish in the river. The incident happened after the protester and his partner monitor a hunt.
The Crawley and Horsham Hunt had been cancelled and they travelled to the Petworth Hunt instead in another vehicle. When they returned later they noticed two males down the side of their vehicle. The other one was behind him. When they were spotted they "hurried away very, very quickly" He said there was scratching along the near-side panel of his car and the paint was still blistering and flaking and the nearside tyre had been let down. Taped interviews with Ghazala and Sandeman were played to the court.
Ghazala, managing director of Horse Health Products UK, said he and Sandeman had driven to Kent on that day for a hound parade, because the Crawley and Horsham Hunt had been held a day earlier. Sandeman had received information that there were "saboteurs" gathering in the area. Ghazala said he drove down the lane on his way back from Kent at approximately 4 to 4. He stated that he never left the vehicle.
Sandeman a farmer, said that they recognised the approaching car and so they drove off. The prosecution asked both men: Doherty told the court he had found five dead salmon in his weir. This was a most unusual occurrence which he had never seen in 40 years of fishing.
Defence counsel asked the judge to consider applying the Probation Act, as a conviction would mean Doherty would have to resign from the board. The Judge said he could not apply the Probation Act when a long-term member of the board was charged with an offence under the Fisheries Act. This, he said, would fly in the face of all reason and send out the wrong message from the court.
Doherty tendered his resignation from the board at a meeting. The board chairman commended Doherty for turning up to the meeting to resign in person. However, a regional fisheries officer, said it was unacceptable for a board member to be treated so leniently when "ordinary" fishermen received much harsher punishments. Wenham coshed the woman over the head with his whip, knocking her to the ground. Anthony Kirkham a Cheshire Foxhounds supporter was jailed for his part in what the judge described as the 'cruel beating' of a L.
The man was chased across a field, sprayed in the face with a liquid, hit over the head with a bottle and repeatedly kicked in the head when he fell. Kirkham was jailed for 15 months. Paul Martin and his father Bernard Martin convicted of affray and Paul's uncle Colin Martin convicted of section 4 after they broke into the back of a sab van and attacked the occupants with spades and wooden staves.
A sab photographing the event was dragged from the van and beaten while the family of thugs tried to remove his film. Simon William's Kennelman Of The South Devon Foxhounds, bound over for a year after being charged with threatening behaviour towards a sab the kind of threatening behaviour that involves a 5 foot metal pole.
The Huntsman Of The North Norfolk Harriers, Boyce Keeling successfully convicted of assault on a local saboteur, whom he beat with the handle of his whip. Supporter of the Dunston Harriers, Patrick Everett managed to get the hunt banned from one village after he viciously attacked a party of 1 man, 2 women and four children who had stopped to watch the hunt pass by.
The judge heard how a wing mirror on the LACS members car was damaged while he was parked and colleagues told him Bere and Richards were responsible. When he approached them, Richards became aggressive and told him to turn of his camera. As he looked down, he felt a blow to the right side of his face and fell to the ground. When he got up he was struck on the other side and the camera was tugged from around his neck as he fell. Bere said he had never been in trouble before but had momentarily lost his temper and had lost his job as a result.
He intends to continue supporting the hunt but a lesson has been very well learned. Richards said he was a countryman "through and through and hunting has been one of the most important things in his life. He has been a follower of the hunt for all of his adult life and allowed his love of hunting to rule his head. A farmer has been found guilty of driving his Land Rover at a group of hunt protesters.
Sampson Smith 45 of Church Lane, Ashington denied aiming his vehicle at the protesters. He said Smith had sped at a group of protesters then shunted back and forth at the group of 30 people before getting out and brandishing a cane above his head.
He was also banned from driving for 12 months and ordered to retake a driving test before going back onto the road.
Georgina Blundell of Pasturo farm, Stadhampton, Oxfordshire who is a member of the Vale of Aylesbury Hunt was cautioned by the police following an incident with an anti-hunt protester. The incident happened at a her farm when Blundell hurt the protester with her horse. During an incident in February when the South Westmeath Harriers went out of control 12 sheep were killed and eight were injured.
An experienced gunman accused of blinding a grouse beater on a shoot has been found not guilty of wounding. Ian Brearley from Ramsbottom fired as it flew towards the group. The trial was halted when the judge ruled there was insufficient evidence against him. The offences were committed against two year-old boys. Gethin Jones who said he had 30 years' experience as a terrierman, dismissed a prosecution suggestion that he had disturbed an active badger's sett and said he had walked around the area and had not seen any signs of setts.
John Geraint Thomas said, "I have been a terrierman for over 30 years and there is no doubt in my mind that this was not a badger's sett. I know there are active setts in the area but we couldn't see these from where we were. Three men who were employed by one of Prince Charles' favourite hunts appeared at Leicester Crown Court on charges relating to violent attacks on hunt saboteurs. All three were employed as hunt stewards on the day.
The case collapsed following legal arguments over abuse of process relating to the disclosure of photographs and video footage taken at the hunt.
Tomlinson had denied assault occasioning actual bodily harm in relation to one saboteur. Ironmonger and Rumph had denied affray. Rumph was also charged with dangerous driving. Huntsman Jonathan Broise 45 of Petworth, West Sussex, has been barred from becoming master of the Chiddingfold, Leconfield and Cowdray Hunt after being convicted of butting a disabled magistrate and punching another man at a point-to-point meeting.
The case related to attack on a passing motorist in which Paul Woodhouse, huntsman with the New Forest Foxhounds sincepunched a motorist in the face during an incident at the hunt kennels. Goodwin and Anderson bought 22 red foxes in South Carolina from federal undercover agents. It was reported that the two huntsmen were seeking to ensure good hunting at the week-long multiple-hunt joint meet.
Their purchase was a misdemeanor violation of the Lacey Act, which prohibits interstate transportation of illegally taken or possessed wildlife. The law's purpose is to prevent the spread of such diseases as rabies, distemper and parasites. Charges are still pending against a third huntsman who allegedly bought 10 foxes. The MFHA's executive director, said that his investigation showed the huntsmen were trying to repopulate an area that had been depleted by disease.
There are no provision to restock healthy foxes into diseased areas or in catastrophic situations where populations have been diminished. He admitted trying to stop a year-old woman from Brighton from filming him when his horse collapsed and died during an Old Surrey, Burstow and West Kent Hunt meet.
Wendy Peckham, spokesperson for the Countryside Alliance, said: A huntsman was cleared of assaulting a hunt saboteur who grabbed a fox to protect it from hounds.
The saboteur told the court that he saw the fox being "bitten and mauled" by some of the pack so grabbed it by the scruff of the neck and lifted it up. He then felt blows on the back of his head, and was bitten on the hand by some of the pack. He then claimed that Hazeltine had stamped him, and punched him in the back of the head, and the fox escaped from his grasp. T wo hunt employees accused of interfering with badger setts by the RSPCA have had the case against them dismissed.
Gary Edwards who lives on the Milton Estate, near Bretton, Peterborough and Cyril Smith Oakham, near Stamford both work as terriermen for the Fitzwilliam Hunt, had been accused of illegally blocking the holes or damaging a sett.
My men have always been innocent but their names have been blackened. Anne Hull 40 of Maldon Road, Burnham was found guilty in of aiding and abetting interference with a badger sett. The court heard how Hull was a joint master of The Essex Farmers and Union Hunt when the six-hole badger sett was partially blocked by earth-stopper and terrierman Bryn Chittenden.
Charlotte Wilson-Smith 39 threatened to punch a police officer in the face when he arrived with two colleagues at her farmhouse after receiving reports that she was driving dangerously. Minutes earlier she had been seen falling out of her car by a driver who followed her home after seeing her straying into the opposite lane and mounting a grass verge. The court was told that when the police arrived at Wilson-Smith's farmhouse they found her trying to climb over a barbed wire fence into a field.
When asked to return to the courtyard, she replied: After she insisted on walking off to attend to a horse, she was handcuffed and arrested. Wilson-Smith, Master of the Oakley Hunt, admitted a charge of dangerous driving. The jury heard Wilson-Smith was making her way home from a hunt breakfast held at Newton Bromswold point-to-point racecourse. Wilson-Smith said she had taken part in a sponsored bike ride to raise funds for the hunt before attending a hunt breakfast.
She said she had a couple of glasses of sparkling wine but later discovered someone had been topping up her glass. She agreed she had been drinking Bucks Fizz. She said she had driven cautiously with a bicycle on a rack on the back of her vehicle. At the junction, she thought she had time to pull out. I looked in the rear view mirror and the van was very close. I remember I was being followed and that is why I may have put my foot down a bit more. I was a little bit concerned because I thought I was being followed by a hunt saboteur.
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I got out and told him to clear off because it was private property. She said that was when she tried to get over the fence and found herself being handcuffed. Asked why she had threatened to punch a PC she replied: Policemen were running after you and all I was doing was trying to catch a horse.
The jury took 30 minutes to find Wilson-Smith guilty of dangerous driving. She then admitted driving with excess alcohol. Recorder Andrew Tidbury adjourned sentence for reports.
He asked for a medical report because of Wilson-Smith's high alcohol reading. During the trial the court heard she had been taking antidepressants at the time. She was also banned from driving for three and a half years. She was found guilty of dangerous driving and admitted drink-driving after she was found to be three and a half times over the limit. Playford was arrested at a meet of the Woodland Pytchley hunt at Stoke Albany where he was acting as a hunt steward. A hunt saboteur had been trying to stop the hunt chasing a fox when he was punched to the ground by another man, dropping the CB.
It was then that Playford deliberately smashed the radio. They were also concerned at the light sentence and the fact that no action has been taken over the assault that took place that day. Hunt Saboteurs Association spokesperson, Nathan Brown said, "Yet again hunting has shown its true nature. Non-violent tactics of hunt saboteurs save animals' lives and are frequently met with attacks and aggression from the bullies in the hunting fraternity.
This hunt has a reputation for the violence meted out to protesters. David Reynolds, Master of the Woodland Pytchley hunt, is a prominent member of the Countryside Alliance, who have now threatened a 'summer of discontent' showing total disregard for the democratic process.
I fear we will see more attacks on peaceful opponents of hunting. Magistrates were told how officers found two carrier bags stuffed with dead and bloodstained cocks, a cockpit and bird cages. A video taken after the raid revealed paraphernalia associated with fighting cocks such as spurs, a cockpit surrounded by straw bales, a pair of scales, money and a betting board.
Nine cocks were found dead, five were injured and another one had to be put down.