Fell runner beaten with walking stick near pack of hounds

Police are investigating a report of a man being assaulted while he was fell running on Mardale Fell.

A middle-aged man was beaten across his back by an unknown man who was wielding a walking stick while he was fell running near to Haweswater reservoir.

The incident occurred at approx 12:30pm today, Saturday 22 November.

The offender was in the vicinity of a pack of hounds at the time of the attack.

Police are appealing for anyone with information to contact PC2003 Street on 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

22/11/2014

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Men fined for hare coursing

19 November 2014

Officers attended an incident on farmland in Sawtry on 13 December 2013, after receiving reports of six men trespassing and hare coursing on the land.

A police helicopter was deployed and six men were reported for summons to appear at Huntingdon Magistrates’ Court. A dog, two vehicles and cash were also seized.

Charlie Doherty, (25), from Newton Road, Rushden, Northamptonshire, Francis Doherty, (37), from Gipsey Lane, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, James Doran, (35), from London Road, Basildon, Essex and John-Brian Lee Senior, (43), from Gipsey Lane, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, were all charged with two counts of daytime trespass by five or more in pursuit of game.

All four pleaded not guilty to both charges however all were found guilty on 5 November and each received a £300 fine, ordered to pay £300 in costs and forfeit the vehicles.

A 16-year-old boy and a 13-year-old boy were also reported for summons and were issued youth cautions at Huntingdon Magistrates’ Court

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Barrow dad-of-two baited dogs to attack cat and sheep

Friday, 21 November 2014

SHOCKING video footage of a cat being torn apart by dogs saw a Barrow man jailed for animal cruelty. Dad-of-two Andrew Fenton, of Westway, Barrow, also boasted on Facebook that he was “over the moon” his dog had “smashed a cat”, Furness Magistrates’ Court heard on Thursday November 20.

The 29-year-old was sentenced to 26 weeks in prison after district judge, Mr Gerald Chalk, rejected his defence that “friends” had borrowed his dogs and camera and filmed the attack.

Fenton had already pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal by baiting his dogs to attack a sheep – an incident also captured on video – at an earlier hearing. Yesterday he was convicted of the same charge in relation to a separate attack on a cat after pleading not guilty.

Judge Chalk said: “Anyone who has watched these videos would be appalled. What makes it worse is the voice of pleasure in the act.
Appeal for information as hunt for others continues

INVESTIGATORS are still on the hunt for other individuals present at the scene of the horror attack on the sheep and the cat. Anyone with any information can call the RSPCA inspector on 0300 1234 999. Information can be left anonymously. “Serious pain and suffering was caused to both these animals and one hopes the cat died shortly afterwards to prevent further suffering.”

The court heard that the RSPCA and Barrow police had executed a search warrant at the defendant’s then address in Rawlinson Street on March 19, after a tip off about an unrelated case. During the raid a camera, Samsung tablet and mobile phone were seized.

Mr Steven Marsh, prosecuting on behalf of the RSPCA, said: “Inspectors from the RSPCA found a video on the camera of a clear attack on a domestic, black and white cat screaming and howling in pain.”

The footage showed two large dogs, identified as lurchers named Snatch and Kenya, tearing at the terrified animal.

Mr Marsh said a vet who had examined the footage thought it unlikely the cat could have survived.

Fenton could clearly be heard shouting: “Go on, just get it, go on son” as the dogs attacked.

The video of the attack on the sheep was found on the Samsung tablet, as were Facebook messages between the defendant and associates relating to “lamping”, which involves the use of dogs to hunt rabbits or rats at night.

One of the messages, sent by Fenton, read: “Just missed a fox this morning. there with Pete we smashed a cat on the way home, pup was getting bit to **** but smashed it.

“I know it was just a cat but over the moon with pup not letting go like.”

The footage showed a lurcher called Lady and a pit bull terrier called Alfie, which has since been identified as a banned breed, biting the animal and dragging it to the floor.

Fenton can be heard saying “bring Snatch over, let him have a go” before calling the dogs off.

The defendant claimed he was “embarrassed” and “deeply sorry” about the attack on the sheep.

But under cross examination from Mr Marsh, he said: “I am an honest guy, and will admit anything I have done but I will not plead guilty to something I didn’t do.”

Mrs Karen Templeton, defending, said her client had worked hard for years and was a single parent to a 10-year-old boy.

On top of the jail sentence, Fenton was banned from keeping animals for 20 years, and his dogs Snatch, Alfie and a terrier called Nell were seized by the RSPCA.

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League questions why case against Devon and Somerset Staghound members is dropped

14 November 2014

The League Against Cruel Sports is today seriously questioning why the case against three members of the Devon and Somerset Staghounds has been dismissed.

The League is writing to complain to the Crown Prosecution Service as it strongly believes the footage captured by its investigators containing various evidential issues invalidating the scientific research exemption have been overlooked.

These include; both hunt meets being advertised in advance and details placed on the hunt’s website, over 100 hunt supporters out watching the hunting activities take place, hunt hounds not being under close control and the hunt trespassing onto land owned by the League Against Cruel Sports when in pursuit of stags.

Joint Masters, David Greenwood and Rupert Andrews, along with Huntsman, Donald Summersgill, faced a total of four charges of hunting a wild mammal with a dog, contrary to Section 1 of the Hunting Act. The charges related to two separate incidences of alleged illegal hunting on 14 September and 24 October 2013.

Joe Duckworth, Chief Executive of the League Against Cruel Sports said: “How on earth can chasing a wild animal to exhaustion be considered as genuine scientific research and observation? The decision taken to drop the case against members of the Devon and Somerset Staghounds needs immediate explanation. We urge the public to watch the footage for themselves and make up their own mind as to whether the primary purpose of the hunt member’s actions was for research or for sport.”

The case was based on evidence supplied by the League Against Cruel Sports and further investigations carried out by Avon & Somerset Police.

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  • Footage is available to watch here

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For f### sake a 10-week suspended sentence!!!

6 November 2014

‘Worst’ bird of prey poisoner Allen Lambert given suspended sentence

A gamekeeper convicted of "the worst case of bird of prey poisoning" recorded in England has been given a 10-week suspended sentence.

Allen Lambert, 65, who worked on the Stody Estate, near Holt in Norfolk, was found guilty of deliberately killing 10 buzzards and a sparrowhawk.

Head of RSPB investigations Bob Elliot said the discovery of the carcasses at Lambert’s home was "truly dreadful".

Norwich Magistrates’ Court heard he did it to protect pheasants he was rearing.

In October Lambert, of Holt Road, Edgefield, was also found guilty of possessing pesticides and items used to prepare poison baits. He had pleaded guilty to five other charges, including the illegal use of pesticides.

District Judge Peter Veits said the offences had "crossed the custody threshold" but said his sentence would be suspended.
Dead buzzards A number of dead buzzards were found at Allen Lambert’s home

Lambert’s 10-week jail sentence was suspended for a year and he was ordered to pay prosecution costs of £930.

Judge Veits said: "In other industries employers as well as the employee could be facing prosecution in such cases, and I hope therefore that this case can serve as a wake-up call to all who run estates as to their duties."

The RSPB said it was calling on the government to bring in stronger legislation to make sporting estates more accountable for the actions of their staff.

Birds of prey are protected by law and the Stody Estate has been a national pioneer in wildlife enhancement schemes.

The RSPB said it was the worst bird of prey poisoning case it had seen in England and was one of the worst ever in the UK.
‘Tricky fox’

The hearing at Norwich Magistrates’ Court followed an investigation at the game shooting estate in April 2013 by RSPB officers.

They found the remains of several birds of prey in woodland and a feed bag containing nine dead buzzards in Lambert’s house.

Police found containers of the pesticide in Lambert’s car and storeroom, as well as a syringe and needles.

Roger Harrabin, BBC environment analyst

What is the responsibility of the landowner in a case like this? Well, it depends where you live.

In England a landowner is not responsible for a gamekeeper’s crimes.

There is no evidence that the owner of the prestigious Stody Estate, Charles MacNicol, knew about the poisonings. He wouldn’t tell BBC News whether he knew, or whether he condemned the killings.

The Scottish government has made landowners share the blame for gamekeepers’ misdemeanours. It says there appears to have been a significant drop in killings.

The RSPB wants England to follow suit but the environment department Defra says the evidence that the policy is working is not strong enough.

The RSPB is also calling for the Stody Estate to be stripped of government grants it has received for promoting wildlife.

During the trial Lambert claimed a dog walker with a grudge against him had planted the dead birds, but the district judge said his theory was "implausible".

Earlier the court was told Mr Lambert still claims he was not responsible for the death of the birds and he only kept the poisons to deal with "a tricky fox".

The pesticide mevinphos Analysis found the birds had been poisoned with a pesticide

The Stody Estate is now being investigated by the Rural Payments Agency which could withdraw tens of thousands of pounds of subsidies if the estate is found to have been negligent, prosecutor Kevin Eastwick said.

In a statement, the estate distanced itself from the offences saying it had considered Lambert a "valued and trusted member of staff" and that he was "not authorised, trained or asked to kill wildlife".

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Footage shows foxes being fed in area where hunting takes place

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Footage appears to show food being left out for foxes in areas where they are hunted. Credit: Hunt Saboteurs Association

By Rupert Evelyn: ITV News Correspondent

Think of a reason why anyone would repeatedly throw away dead chickens, rabbits, eggs and rats in an isolated Gloucestershire field.

These are the images covertly captured by the Hunt Saboteurs Association and, to answer the question, the HSA believe that what they’ve filmed shows the North Cotswold Hunt (NCH) leaving food out for foxes to eat.

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The footage is graphic and raises important questions about what the NCH have been up to.

The time stamp on the video clearly shows the NCH pick-up, which we have filmed at their kennels, returning to the field over a number of months and it shows at least two foxes in the same location.

In both the HSA footage and ITV News footage the North Cotswold Hunt can be seen with hounds and horses in the same field.

And there are still tyre tracks in the field, which can also be seen from the aerial view on Google Maps.

The Hunt Saboteurs claim that "somebody would be doing this purely to encourage foxes to breed, to stay here so that they can obviously be in the vicinity of when the hunt choose to hunt.

"if they have a food source they don’t need to travel and they don’t need to go anywhere else.

"It’s obviously certainly immoral. It would go against their own guidelines."

When the Hunting Act was passed in 2004 it became illegal to hunt foxes with dogs but the act does not cover the flushing out of an unidentified wild mammal and does not affect drag hunting.

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Foxes are seen eating in the same area where the hunt later takes place. Credit: Hunt Saboteurs Association

The Master of Foxhounds Association golden rules say: "Hunting as a practice is the hunting of a wild animal in its wild and natural habitat with a pack of hounds. Nothing must be done which in any way compromises this".

So how does the NCH explain these images? They don’t. We have sent them still frames from the video, offered to show them the full footage ahead of an interview, but the NCH has refused to engage with our approaches and, despite ample opportunity, refused to explain what has been shown.

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Hounds and horses can be seen in the same field. Credit: Hunt Saboteurs Association

Of course, there maybe a perfect legitimate explanation, but in lieu of a statement from the NCH this remains a mystery disposal of dead animals, in a field inhabited by foxes, frequented by the NCH which is more than five miles from the hunt kennels in Broadway.

They have told us they are not involved in illegal fox hunting but hunt lawfully following a trail.

They have pointed out that 10 years on from the introduction of the Hunting Act their activity is still politically controversial.

Back then, one of the arguments in favour of continued fox hunting with hounds was pest control.

Then and now it would be very hard to argue "pest control" if foxes were being deliberately fed – which is why it is even more important that the North Cotswold Hunt explain what the Hunt Saboteurs Association have filmed.

Last updated Tue 4 Nov 2014

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SURREY UNION FOXHOUNDS SAVAGE DEER 25-10-14

By North Downs Hunt Sabs

A truly horrible and disgusting day at the Surrey Union Foxhunt who had their opening meet at Gosterwood Manor ,Forest Green .They moved quickly from the meet to the Lukyns estate near Ewhurst in an effort to lose the saboteurs (groups from North Downs, Guildford, Croydon and Kingston were in attendance).

Just before one o’clock the hunt were drawing a small wood called Gulls Isle when the hounds chased and quickly caught a Roe deer, several hounds savaged it causing horrendous injuries, the screams of the deer brought one saboteur to the scene and he managed to get the hounds off it and frantically tried to call other sabs to help on the radio (we didn’t realise the extent of its injuries at this point and were hoping to take it to a local wildlife hospital).

It was at this point when the Surrey Police showed that they didn’t give a damn for the torment of the deer and prolonged its suffering by refusing to let the other saboteurs present come to the aid of the deer and acting as the hunt private security threatening to wrongly arrest people for aggravated trespass just for their compassion, four sabs were arrested at this time in their efforts to get to the deer. Many of the sabs have worked at animal sanctuaries and could of quickly accessed its injuries and by their actions the Police only protracted the animals agony for a further twenty to thirty minutes We finally managed to get some more reasonable cops to go to the deer and the lone saboteur and realising that the deer was beyond saving arranged for the poor animal to shot.

The four sabs were taken away to spend many hours in the cells and the rest of the sabs continued to stick with the hunt until the end to prevent further loss of life.

We all ended the day absolutely gutted that we didn’t manage to save the life of this poor deer and more determined in our campaign against this disgusting hunt which clearly has no control of its hounds, it the past this hunt has killed at least three other deer that we know of (this probably happens many more times a year as it was just that we were there to witness it)

If you feel outraged by the cruel death of this poor animal please share this post far and wide ( we will be adding more photos and videos later )

We will be asking you to help in a campaign to get the hunt banned from National Trust land ( as they definitely have no control of their hounds )

Complain to Surrey Police for paying no heed to the suffering of this animal and their constant pro-hunt bias.

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Hunt supporter pleads guilty following vicious attack on sabs

Following an attack on hunt saboteurs at a Northamptonshire meet of the Ryford Chase Rabbit Hounds and Pytchley Foxhounds on 22/3/2014, Mr Jacob Dean Whalley plead guilty and was convicted on 9/9/2014 of 3 counts of battery, contrary to section 39 of the Criminal Justice Act 1988. Whalley was ordered to pay compensation of £450 to the victims, and court costs. During the attack, carried out by a number of hunt members, Whalley beat hunt saboteurs, seemingly at random with a stick, and kicked one in the head when she had been pushed to the ground.

The attack launched upon hunt saboteurs was neutralised at the time, and the rabbit hunt was abandoned as a result, before it had started. While we feel that Whalley’s sentence was too light, we are pleased that he was unable to get away with these assaults altogether.

Images of the attack can be seen below:

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Barrow man charged with baiting dogs to attack a cat causing suffering

Last updated at 11:28, Friday, 17 October 2014

A 29-year-old has been charged with baiting dogs to attack a cat and causing unnecessary suffering.

Andrew Stephen Fenton of Westway, Barrow, is set to appear before Furness Magistrates’ Court on Monday.

It is alleged that between September 19, 2013 and March 19 in an unknown location he caused unnecessary suffering to a domestic cat.

Fenton has pleaded not guilty to the offence.

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Guilty! College Valley and North Northumberland Hunt members convicted for illegal fox hunting

Guilty! College Valley and North Northumberland Hunt members convicted for illegal fox hunting

14 October 2014

Three members of the College Valley and North Northumberland Hunt were today found guilty of illegally hunting a fox during a hunt meet at West Kyloe Farm, near Lowick, Northumberland on 27th February 2014.

Appearing before Berwick Magistrates’ Court, joint Master, Timothy Wyndham Basil Smalley, huntsman, Ian Robert McKie and kennel huntsman, Andrew John Proe of the College Valley and North Northumberland Hunt, were all convicted of hunting a wild mammal with dogs, contrary to Section 1 of the Hunting Act 2004.

Joe Duckworth, Chief Executive at the League Against Cruel Sports said: “We are extremely pleased with today’s verdict. We hope this successful case will make other hunt members think twice before breaking the law and causing harm to wildlife.

“We know that many hunts continue to regularly flout the law. Our team of professional investigators work hard in the field to capture illegal activity and work with the relevant statutory bodies to bring about prosecutions.”

The case was brought by the Crown Prosecution Service following evidence supplied by the League Against Cruel Sports and further investigation by Northumbria Police.

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  • Sentences:
    Joint Master, Timothy Wyndham Basil Smalley was fined £2,075 with £120 victim surcharge
    Huntsman, Ian Robert McKie was fined £1,150 with a £115 victim surcharge
    Kennel Huntsman, Andrew John Proe was fined £480 with a £48 victim surcharge
    Each defendant was ordered to pay costs of £385. No forfeiture order was applied for, each being of previous good character.
  • Video footage of the incident is available here>>

http://www.league.org.uk/news-and-opinion/press-releases/2014/oct/guilty-college-valley-and-north-northumberland-hunt-members-convicted-for-illegal-fox-hunting

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