Duo admit to hare coursing

Colin Morell (51) and Simon Jones (30) from Stoke-on Trent appeared before Loughborough Magistrates Court after admitting hare coursing at Langham in Rutland.

Fernie Huntsman and terrierman appeal dismissed

Huntsman Derek Hopkins and terriermen Kevin Allen of the Leicestershire based Fernie Hunt had their appeal dismissed at Leicester Crown Court. They had each been found guilty at Harborough Magistrates Court earlier in the year of hunting a wild mammal with dogs and for interfering with a badger sett during an incident which took place in January 2010.

First huntsman to be convicted twice under the Hunting Act

Richard Down, huntsman for the Quantock Staghounds was convicted at Taunton Magistrates Court of an offence under the Hunting Act 2004. He is the first huntsman to be convicted twice under the Act.

One every week: hunting convictions at highest level yet

Official figures released today show convictions almost doubled in 2009 compared with 2008. Fifty-seven people were convicted of offences under the Hunting Act in 2009, according to Ministry of Justice figures, bringing to a total of 145 the number of people convicted between the coming into force of the Act in February 2005 an the end of 2009.

TV chef and race horse trainer convicted of hare coursing

TV chef and 'Fat Lady' Clarissa Dickson-Wright and race horse trainer Sir Mark Prescott were today convicted on hare coursing charges following a private prosecution by IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare).

Cumbrian terrierman guilty of illegal hunting

Alistair Robinson, a terrierman for the Ullswater Foxhounds, was found guilty in Penrith Magistrate's court of breaching Section 1 of the Hunting Act.

CPS guidance states no RIPA authorisation needed for hunt monitors

The Countryside Alliance recently sent a letter to Chief Constables suggesting that if the police accept evidence gathered by NGOs such as the League Against Cruel Sports (LACS), through directed surveillance which is not authorised under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA), both the Police and the Crown Prosecution Service may be liable under the Human Rights Act.