Joint Masters of the Devon and Somerset Staghounds charged with Hunting Act offences

4th March 2014: Two Joint Masters of the Devon and Somerset Staghounds have been charged for offences under the Hunting Act 2004. A report was made to Avon and Somerset Police by the League Against Cruel Sports following an alleged incident at a hunt meet at Warren’s Farm, Simonsbath, on September 14 2013 following investigations conducted by the League.

David Greenwood and Rupert Andrews from the Barnstaple area have been charged with Section 1 Hunting Act and are due to appear before Taunton Magistrates Court on 11 April 2014.

Joe Duckworth, Chief Executive at the League Against Cruel Sports said: “At a time when the Government is rumoured to be considering an amendment to the Hunting Act, this case is a timely demonstration of the illegal hunting that continues to take place. The Hunting Act works; with one person on average, every week prosecuted under its provisions, and of these two-thirds are found guilty. We are hopeful that this case will add to the number of successful prosecutions.

“Chasing a wild animal for sport in this day and age is simply unacceptable, and we continue to do all we can to expose and end this cruel activity.”

A previous case was brought against three members of the Devon and Somerset Staghounds, after Joint-Master Maurice Scott, Huntsman Donald Summersgill, and Whipper-in Peter Heard were charged with illegally hunting in 2006, but was later dropped by the CPS in March 20091. The case2 marked the first in which a police force had brought about a criminal prosecution against huntsmen for allegedly breaching the Hunting Act.


Notes to Editors

1Hunt supporters say decision to drop charges against three hunt masters proves ban has failed 21 March 2009.

2Pair in court on hunting charges Thursday, 19 October 2006

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