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Six men from the Meynell and South Staffordshire Hunt have been charged with offences under the Hunting Act following an incident in October 2018.

Joint masters William Tatler and Peter Southwell, former huntsman Samuel Staniland, whipper-in John ‘Ollie’ Finnegan, terrier man Andrew Bull and assistant terrier man Sam Stanley, each face a charge of hunting a wild mammal with a dog contrary to Section 1 of the Hunting Act 2004.

The incident relates to an alleged offence in Sutton on the Hill, Derbyshire, on October 2, 2018.

The police investigation was conducted by Derbyshire Police and based on evidence obtained by the animal welfare charity League Against Cruel Sports.

The six are due to appear at Nottinghamshire Magistrates’ Court on April 30.