The New Forest Hounds - events
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Patricia Harris, a rider with the Portman Foxhounds, convicted of criminal damage to sab property and given a conditional discharge. Roger Wakefield, Essex and Farmers Union Terrierman, given hours community service after being found guilty of violent disorder and affray against saboteurs. Hunt supporter, Bryn Chittenden was also convicted of the same offences and given hours community service. A supporter of the Cumberland Foxhounds attacked a photographer with a spade handle, after the photographer took the balaclava-wearing thug's picture.
He pleaded guilty to ABH and was only given a conditional discharge, as no medical evidence was given. Andrew Pearce head-butted the camcorder being used by a L. The monitor receives bruises and a swollen lip as a result. Pearce was convicted of assault and given a 2-year conditional discharge. Bramham Moor Foxhounds supporter Raymond Walker attacked saboteurs with a scythe!
All three were given community service orders. Police searching his home found a death threat ready to be posted to the HSA press officer Anthony Kirkham, supporter of the Cheshire Foxhounds, received a 12 month prison sentence suspended on appeal for attacking a lone female sab who had gone to get help after the sab van had been attacked by hunt heavies.
When Kirkham caught up with her, he beat and kicked her to the ground. 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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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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.Boxing Day Hunt in The New Forest
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. 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. At the extreme it involves people's, or even a Hunt's own, animals being injured or even killed. Note that none of the havoc incidents actually involving hunting listed below resulted in criminal or civil sanctions against any of the Hunts responsible.
Police car collides with horse and kills it. Traffic on the A5 in Shropshire was forced to slow as two men rode their horses either side of the road trying to retrieve hounds from the road. At least one of the dogs appeared to be injured and was taken away The driver was forced to make an emergency stop when the dog from the Mendip FH pack ran in front of the vehicle near an accident black spot with the junction of the A At one point, the hounds were all over a live railway line, again, so sabs stayed around until all hounds were safely off the tracks Mids Hunt Sabs A foxhunt has just chased a fox through our neighbour's land and the hounds have been rioting through all the properties along our road.
The fox escaped thankfully We're devastated that we can't give our free-roaming cats the protection they deserve because these people insist on hunting so near We know of other animal sanctuaries who have gone to the police or tried to do something to stop hunting in their local area and suffered violent repercussions including their own pets being killed and nailed to their gates and burning down properties We did hear a holler for a fox, but then the hunt moved, on crossing the very, very busy A In the course of the day it crossed this main road, which has constant fast traffic, a total of four times, and the hounds were run very close to it Some of the hounds were chasing hares through a Nature Reserve which was filmed, but none were killed.
While all this was going on the Huntsman was nowhere to be seen Aberdyfi Search and Rescue Team carried the animals to safety after abseiling ft 60m down a rock face on Plynlimon mountain range. It was clear by the way the huntsman was acting that a fox had crossed the dual carriageway You will see the already distressed horse being hit forcefully across the face with a riding crop before rearing up to escape their tormentor [video] Later in the day Around 30 hounds belonging to the Dartmoor Hunt are said to have run onto the tracks unaccompanied near Ivybridge in Devon on Saturday.
Several were then hit by a passing train in what members of the hunt have called a "distressing and regrettable" incident A middle-aged man was beaten across his back by an unknown man who was wielding a walking stick The incident occurred at approx The offender was in the vicinity of a pack of hounds at the time of the attack Visibility was very bad with spray being thrown up by heavy lorries and fast cars A black and white terrier ran through the traffic, cars breaking to avoid it The Cattistock continued to hunt close to and along the A37 until late afternoon For years, we have complained to the police about this hunt on this stretch to no avail Norfolk Foxhounds who held a meet in their village on Saturday.
In a strongly-worded letter to one of the Masters, parish council chairman Roger Atterwill said their actions on the day caused considerable distress throughout the village The sound of the 35 dogs yelping, barking and howling in unison at dusk and daybreak has proved too much for local residents It was in front of everybody, the kids could see everything.
My daughter came home very upset They claimed people on quadbikes, horses and hounds ran through Church Path, and hounds ran about in the cemetery as a fox fled into a Gold Street garden Next the hounds and field crossed the A5 - a busy dual carriageway which leads to the M69, holding up the traffic in the process Mid Hunt Sabs Cumbria Hunt Watch has received several calls this afternoon complaining about the killing of a fox by a pack of hounds at Peggy's Bridge, Buttermere.
The incident, witnessed by numerous people out enjoying a days walking, caused considerable distress for those who witnessed the killing Other residents of the ironically-named Foxes Bank Drive in Chesterton, Cirencester later found the ripped-apart remains of the animal on Monday afternoon.
The disturbing footage shows one of the hounds fitting, presumably after being run to exhaustion by the hunt. The concerned land owner tried to take the distressed animal to the vets for urgent treatment but was threatened by members of the Hunt and forced to return the hound to them.
I glimpsed something flash past the front window Suddenly a terrified fox started jumping up and scrabbling at the glass.
Four or five times it leapt up, clearly desperate and apparently riddled with fear We shooed the fox away A few minutes later a redcoat huntsman on horseback came trotting down the centre of our road, closely followed by five or so of the hounds