TWO FERNIE Hunt members are to face trial in December over allegations they used illegal hunting practices
Derek Hopkins (45), of Welham Road, Great Bowden, together with terrierman Kevin Allen (51), of Nether Green, Great Bowden, are being prosecuted for alleged offences under the Hunting Act 2004 and the Protection of Badgers Act 1992.
Both men deny the charges and Harborough magistrates last Thursday scheduled a four-day trial to begin at Leicester Magistrates’ Court on December 13.
Hopkins and Allen, who are involved with the Great Bowden-based Fernie Hunt, are charged with hunting a wild mammal with a dog in Harborough on January 27 and that the hunting was not exempt under the Hunting Act. They also stand accused of one count of interfering with a badger sett by damaging it with intent or being reckless as to whether those actions would have that consequence.
Neither man was required to attend court last Thursday and their unconditional bail was extended.