Charges dropped

The League Against Cruel Sports (LACS) has dropped its private prosecution of four members of the Isle of Wight Hunt, which was the last hunt prosecution adjourned pending a recent High Court judgment.

LACS has confirmed it will not be continuing with the prosecution against Stuart Trousdale, Liam Thom, Jamie Butcher and Malcolm Purcell from the Isle of Wight. Prosecutions against the Heythrop Hunt and Devon and Somerset Staghounds by the Crown Prosecution Service have already been discontinued.

One huntsman in Northumberland has since been charged with a single Hunting Act offence and is the only person connected to a hunt currently facing charges.

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