Fox hunting court hearing adjourned

A court hearing for four people accused of illegal fox hunting has been adjourned.

The quartet, who are all members of the Crawley and Horsham Hunt, are accused of hunting a fox with a dog contrary to the Hunting Act 2004.

Sussex Police launched an investigation after videos allegedly showing a fox being killed during a hunt were passed to the force by members of the public.

The four are joint master of the Crawley and Horsham Hunt Henry James Hawksfield, 58, of Bines Road, Partridge Green, near Horsham, Rachel Holdsworth, of Rock Road, Washington, near Storrington, Neil Millard, 44, of Dragons Lane, Shipley, near Horsham, and Andrew Phillis, 50, of Halwell, Totnes, Devon.

They have been summonsed to appear at Crawley Magistrates’ Court to face four charges under section 1 of the Hunting Act 2004.

The hearing was adjourned to November 10 at Haywards Heath Magistrates’ Court.

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