A Tribute to Mike Hill

Please do something to help animals this month in the name of Mike Hill.

Saving the life of one animal won’t change the world, but it will change the world of that particular animal, now matter how small the action, they all help in the end.

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Mike Hill - He lived and died for his beliefs

Mike Hill – He lived and died for his beliefs

At 4.00 pm Saturday 9th February, 1991 Mike Hill became the first hunt saboteur to be killed whilst trying to protect wildlife. Mike was only 18 and for two years lived and breathed animal rights, not just dogs and cats but every living creature. He was a vegan, worked at both Heavens Gate Sanctuary and Freshfields Animal Rescue Centre and was an active sab with Yeovil sabs and Merseyside sabs.

Mike was to nice a person for this world. There was no hurt nor malice in his soul. He thought good of everyone and everything. He was quite, unassuming, softly spoken and gentle. He lived and died for his beliefs.

The Facts

At 4 p.m. Saturday 9th February, Mike Hill was killed in action whilst attempting to sabotage the Cheshire Beagles with the Merseyside Hunt Saboteurs. This article attempts to put the facts before the animal rights movement and to dispel some of the downright lies, distortions and rumours that have been put forward by the police, the press and some ‘officials’ in national animal rights groups. Please feel free to copy all or part of this in any suitable publication.

The Cheshire Beagles met at the Red Lion, Little Budworth, Cheshire (just down the road from Oulton Park Motorcycle Racecourse). All afternoon there were repeated scuffles with hunters, punches thrown at saboteurs and a wheel brace was used against one Liverpool sab. Towards the end of the day, still with no kill under their belts that day, the huntsmen boxed up hounds in the small blue trailer which was being towed by an open-top pick-up truck.

The kennel-huntsman, or paid official of the hunt, together with another hunter, jumped into the pick-up. Three sabs were nearby, who, on impulse, leapt onto the back of the pick-up hoping to stop the man (Alan Summersgill) from driving the pack off to another location to continue hunting away from the hunt saboteurs.

However, Summersgill (pictured right) immediately drove off at high speed, with the three sabs clinging on.For five miles, around country lanes, in icy conditions, towing a pack of hounds and with three sabs perched on top, Summersgill drove erratically and at high speeds.

The three sabs, terrified, trying to keep a grip and wondering where these huntsmen were going to take them (and what for) decided that as soon as the vehicle slowed down enough or halted at a junction, they would jump and rung like hell. Unfortunately, it would appear that Mike panicked and, in fear of his life he took a jump from the pick-up as it rounded a bend, having slowed down to what they thought to be about 40 m.p.h. He failed to clear the truck properly and was caught between the truck and trailer which crushed him.

The huntsman would not stop but carried on for a further mile, only halting when the second hunt sab smashed in the back window into the cab. The sab was attacked with a whip as he tried to stop the vehicle. As soon as it stopped, the sab ran back the mile to where Mike’s prone body lay in the road whilst another sab, ran to a nearby house to call the ambulance. The huntsman, Alan Summersgill, simply drove off, flagged down a police car shortly after and later in the afternoon handed himself into a police station.

Let us make no mistake, Mike’s death was the culmination of the trends over the last 10 years of hunt sabbing on the Cheshire Beagles (and indeed trends that are echoed all over the country with other packs). Firstly, there is a sustained level of violence against sabs and secondly a complete absence of police interest in this violence. There has been not one single prosecution by the Cheshire Police for any of the attacks on hunt saboteurs by the Cheshire Beagles over the last ten years, the worst of which resulted in a Liverpool University student receiving a triple fractured jaw.

It would appear not. No charges have yet been proffered against the two huntsmen. Summersgill still walks the street. To our knowledge, the only statements the police have offered to the press indicate that they regard it as a ‘road traffic accident’.

The killing of Mike Hill has devastated his family, his friends, hunt saboteur groups all over the country and at Freshfields Animal Rescue Centre and Heavens Gate Sanctuary.

Mike would have wanted us to ensure that we did three things with his death: Firstly, he would not have wanted to have been forgotten. His name, his love, affection, caring for all and dedication to the movement will live on. Secondly, he would have wanted us to pursue the truth, to gain justice for his death.

http://www.nwhsa.org.uk/a_tribute_to_mike_hill.htm

 

Furious residents say pack of foxhounds caused ‘mayhem’ on quiet street during hunt meeting

26/02/2017

Police are investigating allegations that the animals were chasing a fox which was later found dead.

A pack of foxhounds caused mayhem in a quiet street during a hunt meeting, according to furious residents.

Cheshire police are now investigating allegations that the animals were chasing a fox – which was found dead in a back garden.

Residents have told the MEN of “pandemonium” when the pack of dogs came hurtling across a field and into Penningtons Lane, Macclesfield.

“It was horrific”, said Edwina Church, 47. She said her husband, Kevin, saw some of the dogs appear to be chasing a fox which he then saw killed. “Pandemonium broke out. There was a stream of dogs running through our garden into next door. We had 15 of them jumping around in our garden.”

Mrs Church’s 82-year-old mother, who has chronic heart failure, saw it unfold and is “traumatised”.

She continued:“A lot of people on this road are elderly. They were frightened to come out. The dogs were frantic. I’m an animal-lover and I was shaken. It was heartbreaking.”

Cheshire Police said on Facebook they are working with the RSPCA and specialist officers to investigate.

“We are aware of concerns around hunt activity in the Macclesfield area yesterday.

“We are investigating this matter and working with specialist officers and the RSPCA.”

Penningtons Lane residents say they heard a “screaming” pack of dogs belonging to Cheshire Forest Hunt run through nearby fields where pregnant cows were grazing at around 12.45pm.

Two quad bikes then came “flying down the lane” said resident Julie Clark, 47.

Mrs Church claims one of the hunt members got off her bike and retrieved the dead fox from the garden.

Other members of the hunt then arrived together with the police.

Mrs Clark said:“The dogs were huge. God knows how someone didn’t get hurt. It was dreadful.”

Farmer Andrew Kidd has pregnant heffers in a field through which the dogs rampaged. Mr Kidd said Cheshire Forest Hunt Huntsmaster Richard Garton phoned him to apologise for the incident.

The huntsmaster “apologised 100%”, said Mr Kidd.

Macclesfield Councillor Beverley Dooley said permission had not been given to cross the land.

She said: “It’s beyond me. Penningtons Lane is used by people walking dogs, by children on bikes. There were no children playing in the gardens when it happened. “

“We’re all shocked at the blatant disregard for other people and their property – their land, their animals.”

Cheshire Police added:“If you were a witness or have any information about this matter you are asked to call us on 101 and quote incident number 395 of February 25 2017.”

The MEN has tried repeatedly to contact Cheshire Forest Hunt for a comment.

http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/furious-residents-say-pack-foxhounds-12660640

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Hunt Sabs attacked by members of Cottesmore Hunt

Hunt saboteurs have been attacked by members of the Cottesmore Hunt at their meet in Burrough On the Hill, Leicestershire. The attackers used chains and lengths of wood in the unprovoked attack after being stopped from illegally chasing and killing foxes. Leicestershire Police were called and five vehicles turned up. They are currently investigating the incident.

One of the main attackers is a key member of the hunt, and is often involved in handling the bird of prey, which the hunt haul around all day as an excuse for their illegal hunting. He used a heavy length of chain to attack saboteurs, not the first time he’s been implicated in such attacks.

Lee Moon, Spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs Association, commented: “On the 12th anniversary of the Hunting Act illegal hunting and violent assaults still occur throughout the hunting season. We’re pleased Leicestershire Police responded in this instance but if police forces enforced the hunting act in the first place then these attacks wouldn’t happen as hunt saboteurs wouldn’t be needed. The Cottesmore will now attempt to distance themselves from this cowardly attack but we know that one of the main attackers is a key member of the hunt and often handles their bird of prey. Saboteurs have also been attacked at the Surrey Union Hunt today and the video of this incident will further add to the hunting communities terrible reputation.”

http://www.huntsabs.org.uk/index.php/92-news/press-releases/612-hunt-sabs-attacked-by-members-of-cottesmore-hunt

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Fox killed by hunt on main road

16 Feb 2017

Horrible scene witnessed by friend today 9 miles from Scarborough – hounds killing fox in middle of busy road, no riders to be seen

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Five arrested in South Herefordshire Hunt investigation have been re-bailed

FIVE people arrested on suspicion of animal cruelty at the South Herefordshire Hunt’s kennels in Wormelow have been re-bailed until March.

A police spokesman said: "Police investigating reports of animal cruelty at a kennel in Herefordshire have passed the file to the West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service’s Complex Casework Unit (CPS) for their consideration.

"We will issue a further statement when the CPS determine if there should be a criminal prosecution."

10/02/2017

http://www.kidderminstershuttle.co.uk/news/regional/herefordshire/15083873.Five_arrested_in_South_Herefordshire_Hunt_investigation_have_been_re_bailed/

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Three men fined over hare coursing in Deeping St James

02/02/2017

Three men have received fines for hare coursing offences in Deeping St James.

Three men appeared before Lincoln Magistrates charged with hare coursing offences relating to an incident in Deeping St James on October 2.

The men were caught during a joint-force day of action with local officers supported by Lincolnshire’s Wildlife Crime Officer, Roads Policing officers from EMOpSS and the Cross-Border team from Northamptonshire and Leicestershire..

Patrick Joseph McCann (23), Billy McCann (18), both of Leicester Road, Market Harborough and Jamie Smith (26), of Chestnut Close, Rassau, Ebbw Vale, Gwent, were charged with hunting a wild mammal with dogs contrary to the Hunting Act.

Four dogs had been seized by police and there was an application for their forfeiture. The court accepted guilty pleas for the lesser offence of trespassing in the pursuit of game, contrary to the Game Act 1831.

Patrick McCann and Billy McCann both received fines of £120 each. Jamie Smith received a fine of £300.

A police application for a forfeiture order for the dogs was not accepted and the dogs will be returned to the men.

http://www.peterboroughtoday.co.uk/news/crime/three-men-charged-over-hare-coursing-in-deeping-st-james-1-7802782

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North Cumbrian teens sentenced for cock-fighting

Two north Cumbrian teenagers who boasted about cock-fighting and using dogs to hunt wildlife on social media have admitted a string of animal welfare offences.

An RSPCA’s investigation into the 16-year-olds – who cannot be named for legal reasons – uncovered footage of the teenagers using their dogs to attack hares, as well as clips of cock fighting they had posted on social media.

One teenager was banned from keeping all animals for three years and given an 11 month referral order by the district judge at Carlisle Youth Court on Monday (30.1.17), after he admitted four offences of taking part in a cock fight, four offences of hunting hares with a dog and four offences of causing unnecessary suffering to cockerels.

He was also ordered by the court to pay £750 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

A second youth admitted one offence of hunting a hare with a dog, in breach of the Hunting Act, for which he was fined £100, as well as being ordered to pay £500 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.

The court heard that the police alerted the RSPCA to various posts made by the defendants in which they had posted clips of cock fighting and dogs killing hares.

Warrants were carried out by the police, with RSPCA officers in attendance, in May last year and four cockerels were removed from one address.

The court this week issued a deprivation order and the cockerels are currently in the RSPCA’s care and will be found loving new homes.

Cumbria Police has released a short video, which was used as evidence in court, showing cock-fighting.

RSPCA inspector Pippa Boyd said: “We worked closely with Cumbria Police on this investigation and I am pleased that between us we have been able to bring these matters to the court’s attention.

“The district judge made it clear throughout the hearing that they took an extremely dim view of what they described as the defendants’ “deplorable” behaviour.

“Hopefully the outcome of this case will act as a deterrent to anyone else who thinks that they can break the law involving animals and get away with it.”

PC Sarah Rolland, from Cumbria Police, said: “This case demonstrates how seriously Cumbria Police takes wildlife crime and how we work closely with the RSPCA to ensure that offenders of these appalling crimes are brought to justice.

“I am pleased to see that these teenagers have been punished for what they did to those innocent animals. It should send a strong message to all those who think they can get away with such offences. It will not be tolerated and we will work hard to ensure you are brought before the courts.”

A third individual will appear back before Carlisle Youth Court on 8 March to face trial over related allegations.

2 February 2017

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Four face cruelty charges

February 01, 2017

Four people have appeared in court to answer a raft of animal cruelty charges which include staging a fight between a dog and a fox.

Jack Crocker, Mikayla Long, Robbie Long and Barry Rowe were all present at Truro Magistrates’ Court and pleaded not guilty to a raft of charges.

Crocker, 41, of Creegbrawse, Chacewater, denied four charges but admitted using a bow to kill or take a wild animal on August 27 of last year.

He pleaded not guilty to charges of causing/attempting to cause an animal fight to take place on June 19 and to causing the unnecessary suffering to a protected animal on the same date when he allegedly caused a fox to be attacked by a dog.

He also denied being present at an animal fight and failing in his duty of responsibility to ensure the welfare of a horse on the A30.

Crocker is said to have on May 29 on the A30 failed to protect the animal from pain, suffering, injury or disease by trotting it at a fast pace for a significant period of time and over a distance on a hard surface.

Mikayla Long, 24, of Redruth, pleaded not guilty to two counts of causing unnecessary suffering to border terriers between September 9 and 23, 2016. She denied three further charges, spanning the same dates, of causing unnecessary suffering to several border terrier puppies and a black and white terrier.

Details of the charges are that Ms Long failed to provide sufficient nutrition, address an internal parasitic burden or address an animal’s poor bodily condition and a mammary mass in regards the animals.

Robbie Long, 21, also of the same address at Redruth, pleaded not guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to a lurcher dog by failing to provide veterinary attention to the dog’s two fractures teeth between August 26 and September 23. He also denied causing a dog to attack a fox on June 19, causing/ attempting to cause an animal fight to take place and also being present at an animal fight on June 19.

Rowe, 66, of also of the same address at Redruth, denied one charge of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal. He is alleged to have failed to investigate and address a black and white terrier bitch’s poor bodily condition and a mammary mass between September 9 and 23.

All of the defendants will return to court to appear in front of a district judge later this month.

http://www.cornwalllive.com/jack-crocker-mikayla-long-robbie-long-and-barry-rowe-face-cruelty-charges-including-animal-fight/story-30104360-detail/story.html

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Avon Vale Hunt deny hounds entered gardens (From The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald)

Avon Vale Hunt deny hounds entered gardens

THE Avon Vale Hunt has denied reports that a pack of their hounds entered people’s gardens where a fox was killed.

The Wiltshire Times received a complaint from Wiltshire residents that hounds belonging to a hunt had entered their gardens last Thursday (January 19) where the animal was killed.

Joint hunt master Mike Smith from Avon Vale Hunt said: “They may have got close to someone’s garden but I don’t know of any actually going on to people’s land.

“We actually started in Brokerswood and went all around that area near the back of Trowbridge and towards Westbury.

“Everywhere we go we make sure we have permission and we must have gone through six different farmers’ land.

“I can’t categorically deny it didn’t happen but as far as I’m aware they haven’t been in anybody’s garden.

“Obviously we would apologise if they got onto someone’s land that they shouldn’t have.”

Did you see anything regarding this last Thursday? If so, email smackley or call 01249 773642.

http://www.gazetteandherald.co.uk/news/15041209.display/

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Teenager stole cats from animal sanctuary to use as ‘live bait’ for his dogs to hunt and kill

Frank Lewis used the pets in his hunting game with his dogs

23 JAN 2017

A teenager stole cats from an animal sanctuary to use as “live bait” for his dogs to hunt down to kill.

Frank Lewis, 18, slit one of the cat’s legs to slow it down while he used the pets in his hunting game with his dogs.

A court heard the teenager broke into the purpose-built cat sanctuary late at night and stole a cage with ten cats which were being nursed back to health by volunteers.

Georgina Buckley, prosecuting, said: “Lewis essentially used the cats for sport. He used his dogs to hunt down and kill them.

“He caused lacerations to the cats himself to try and hinder their escape.”

Miss Buckley told Swansea Crown Court that three cats were found mauled to death in different spots near the sanctuary in Neath Port Talbot.

Four were found alive and returned but three others are still missing and presumed dead.

Ms Buckley added: “Post mortem gave the cause of death as the result of an attack and having been shaken viciously by an animal, like a dog.”

The court heard Lewis set up his sick game just two weeks after he was sentenced in a youth court for a gruesome attack on a sheep.

Lewis stole the sheep from a field and strung it up upside down to a tree, before cutting its head off with a machete. He then posed for photos next to its bloodied carcass and posting them on Facebook.

The police were alerted and Lewis, who is unemployed and on benefits, was given a referral order at Swansea Youth Court.

But he then went on to strike at the Ty Nant Cat Sanctuary at Port Talbot just days later with a 15-year-old accomplice.

Theresa Ahmed, owner of the sanctuary, read out a victim impact statement in court, where she called Lewis “pure evil and beings without a soul.”

Ms Ahmed, who built the sanctuary on the grounds of her family home and has run it with her husband since 1990, said: “The burglary has changed my life forever.

“The sickening realisation that cats were missing and what had happened to them will remain with me for the rest of my life.”

She said she had fallen during the search for the cats, and sustained injuries to her spine for which she was waiting for the results of an MRI scan.

Mr Herd, defending, said Lewis accepted responsibility for the burglary and the deaths of the cats.

He said: “Lewis concedes his dogs were trained to hunt and he knew full well about what the outcome would be.”

Mr Herd said Lewis, whose mother committed suicide five years ago, had been seen by child psychologists after decapitating a sheep, who concluded he showed “psychopathic traits” and signs of a personality disorder.

He pleaded guilty to burglary and criminal damage at Swansea Crown Court where he appeared for sentencing.

Judge Paul Hopkins told Lewis his acts added with his “extreme right-wing views on race and sexuality” meant he was “dangerous.”

Judge Hopkins said: “You tortured a sheep before beheading it, and then took a photo such was your satisfaction at what had been done.

“You then broke into a cat sanctuary and stole 10 cats. You used them as bait for your dogs.

“They are acts of great cruelty amounting to sadism.”

Lewis, of Croeserw, near Port Talbot, was sentenced to 30 months in a young offenders institute.

His 15-year-old accomplice, who was found not to have taken part in the killing of the cats, was given a nine month curfew order earlier this month.

Speaking after the hearing, Inspector Tim Hopkins, from South Wales Police, said: "This was a particularly awful crime against defenceless cats. The outpouring of emotion from the local community – and on social media from across the world – highlights the impact of Frank Lewis’ heinous actions.

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank the local community for their support during this investigation which resulted in the two males involved being brought before the courts.

"Thanks to a thorough investigation, and along with today’s outcome, it sends out a clear message that South Wales Police takes all crimes seriously and will ensure that offenders will be brought to justice."

http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/teenager-stole-cats-animal-sanctuary-12493282

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