The huntsman of the Fitzwilliam Hunt George Adams and bird of prey handler John Mease have been charged with offences under the Hunting Act after Cambridgeshire police investigated an alleged incident where a fox was chased and killed by hounds on New Years day.
The trial relating to six members of the Devon based Lamerton Hunt is due to take place at Newton Abbot Magistrates' Court on the 30th November 2015 and is estimated to last two weeks. Huntsman David Lewis, whipper-in Steve Craddock, joint master George Moyse and terrier men Gilmore Lewis, Wayne Bartlett and Stephen Mitchell are being prosecuted privately by the League Against Cruel Sports.
Tom Holt, the huntsman and joint master of the Yorkshire based Middleton Hunt was today found not guilty at Scarborough Magistrates’ Court of hunting a wild mammal with dogs at West Knapton, Malton in North Yorkshire last year.
The case against huntsman Paul Whitehead and company director Terence Potter of the Lunesdale Hunt for Hunting Act offences was dismissed on the first day of their trial at York Magistrates’ Court on the 21st January 2015.
The case management hearing relating to six members of the Lamerton Hunt being prosecuted by the League Against Cruel Sports for S1 Hunting Act offences was due to be heard on the 9th January 2015 at Torquay Magistrates’ Court but had to be adjourned.
The six members of the Lamerton Hunt being prosecuted by the League Against Cruel Sports for S1 Hunting Act offences have entered ‘not guilty’ pleas at Plymouth Magistrates’ Court on the 21st November 2014. Huntsman David Lewis, joint master George Moyse, whipper-in Steve Craddock and terrier men Wayne Bartlett, Stephen Mitchell and Gilmore Lewis are being prosecuted by the League Against Cruel Sports.
The case against four members of the Devon and Somerset Staghounds has been dropped by the Crown Prosecution Service who were due to stand trial in February 2015. Huntsman Donald Summersgill and Joint masters Rupert Andrews and David Greenwood faced a total of four charges of hunting a wild mammal with a dog, contrary to S1 of the Hunting Act 2004.
The case against the huntsman of the Lunesdale Foxhounds Ltd, Paul Whitehead and the hunt’s company director Terence Potter was before Skipton Magistrates’ Court today and was adjourned until the 21st January 2015 for trial at York Magistrates’ Court.