PRESS RELEASE FROM PROTECT OUR WILD ANIMALS (POWA)
A car salesman who rides with the HEYTHROP HUNT, Thomas Edward Hastings Macfarlane of Wootton, Woodstock, Oxfordshire was found guilty of criminal damage at Banbury Magistrates court on 12th September 2012.
Whilst Hunt Monitor Mrs Judy Gilbert of High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire was observing the Heythrop hunt on 7 January 2012, Macfarlane approached the rear of her vehicle and used a sharp implement to surreptitiously cut the wall of Mrs Gilbert’s rear offside tyre, bursting it and causing it to deflate. This action effectively immobilised her, preventing her from monitoring the hunt for the rest of the day.
This is not the first time Mrs Gilbert has suffered criminal damage to her property whilst observing the Heythrop Hunt. On two previous occasions a total of four of her tyres have been deliberately destroyed.
Mrs Gilbert said, “ I am very pleased with the verdict and that at last someone has been brought to justice for an attack on my vehicle. To suffer this kind of attack is very upsetting and such abominable behaviour should not be tolerated.”
Thomas Macfarlane lives with Rebecca, Marchioness of Blandford at Wootton, Woodstock. Rebecca Brown was previously married to Charles James Spencer-Churchill, Marquess of Blandford was born on 24 November 1955. He is the son of John George Vanderbilt Henry Spencer-Churchill, 11th Duke of Marlborough owner of Blenheim Palace, Woodstock.