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.
The case against Tom Holt, joint master and huntsman of the Middleton Hunt, was before Scarborough Magistrates’ Court today and was adjourned until the 12th February 2015 for trial. Tom Holt is being prosecuted for hunting a wild mammal with dogs, contrary to Section 1 of the Hunting Act 2004.
Three members of the College Valley and North Northumberland Hunt – Ian McKie (huntsman), Andrew Proe (kennel huntsman) and Tim Smalley (joint master) – have been found guilty of illegally hunting a wild mammal with dogs on the 27th February 2014 under Section 1 of the Hunting Act 2004.
The League Against Cruel Sports has just launched a private prosecution against six members of the Devon and Cornwall based Lamerton Hunt. The League was left with no option but to bring a private prosecution against hunt members after Devon and Cornwall police failed to deal with the evidence supplied by the League’s investigations team.
Paul Whitehead (DOB 28/04/61), the huntsman of the Lunesdale Foxhounds Ltd and the hunt’s company director Terrence Potter (DOB 08/03/51) both pleaded “not guilty” to Hunting Act offences when they appeared at Skipton Magistrates’ Court on the 19th September 2014.