A string of failures by the Crown Prosecution Service has led to the collapse of a trial involving the Claro Beagles who were accused of hunting hares.
Huntsman of the Quantock Staghounds Richard Down, 54, of West Bagborough, and whipper-in Martin Watts, 55 of Washford, stood trial at Taunton Magistrates' Court on November 12th and 13th accused of illegally hunting deer with dogs on the Quantock Hills on January 22, 2018, contrary to Section 1 of the Hunting Act 2004
Three men who had been charged with offences under the Hunting Act 2014, the Protection of Badgers Act 1992 and the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 have had the case against them discontinued by the CPS.
Huntsman Richard Down, 54, of West Bagborough, near Taunton, and whipper-in Martin Watts, 55, of Washford, appeared at Taunton Magistrates' Court on the 21st August accused of hunting red deer with dogs.
Quantock Staghounds huntsman Richard Down and whipper-in, Martin Watts are due to appear before Taunton Deane Magistrates' Court on 21st August 2018, charged with offences under the Hunting Act 2004.
Two men have pleaded not guilty at Ipswich Magistrates' Court to hunting and killing a fox with hounds during a Boxing Day Hunt in Suffolk.
Three men have appeared in court charged with offences under the Hunting Act 2014, the Protection of Badgers Act 1992 and the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979.
Stuart HARRISON, huntsman of the Claro Beagles, appeared before Harrogate Magistrates’ Court on 3rd May 2018, charged with S.1 hunting of a hare.
Huntsman of the Grafton Hunt Mick Wills is to face trial on 3rd September 2018 at Wellingborough Magistrates Court on a charge of illegal hunting.
The former huntsman of the Cambridgeshire based Fitzwilliam Hunt has been found guilty of illegal hunting.