Date set for Clarissa Dickson-Wright hunt trial

A date has finally been set for the Scarborough trial of television chef Clarissa Dickson-Wright on hunting charges.

Ms Dickson-Wright, of Midlothian in Scotland – who found fame as one half of the Two Fat Ladies – is accused of hunting hares with dogs and attending hare coursing events in March 2007.

The offences are alleged to have taken place in Nunnington, near Helmsley and Amotherby, Malton. Ms Dickson-Wright is due to stand trial on August 1.

Racehorse trainer Sir Mark Prescott, of Newmarket, is accused of similar offences and will also attend trial on that day. Both are being prosecuted by the International Fund for Animal Welfare.

Five other people, who are being prosecuted for a number of alleged hunting related offences by the Crown Prosecution Service, will stand trial on July 27. They are Miles Henry Easterby, 79, of Great Habton, Malton; Andrew Lund-Watkinson, 58, of Newton-on-Rawcliffe, Picker-ing; John Shaw, 55, of Welburn, Kirkbymoorside; Jacqueline Ann Teal, 43, of Scarborough Road, Norton; and Elizabeth Margaret Gibson, 45, of Appleton-le-Street, Malton.

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