Guilty! College Valley and North Northumberland Hunt members convicted for illegal fox hunting
14 October 2014
Three members of the College Valley and North Northumberland Hunt were today found guilty of illegally hunting a fox during a hunt meet at West Kyloe Farm, near Lowick, Northumberland on 27th February 2014.
Appearing before Berwick Magistrates’ Court, joint Master, Timothy Wyndham Basil Smalley, huntsman, Ian Robert McKie and kennel huntsman, Andrew John Proe of the College Valley and North Northumberland Hunt, were all convicted of hunting a wild mammal with dogs, contrary to Section 1 of the Hunting Act 2004.
Joe Duckworth, Chief Executive at the League Against Cruel Sports said: “We are extremely pleased with today’s verdict. We hope this successful case will make other hunt members think twice before breaking the law and causing harm to wildlife.
“We know that many hunts continue to regularly flout the law. Our team of professional investigators work hard in the field to capture illegal activity and work with the relevant statutory bodies to bring about prosecutions.”
The case was brought by the Crown Prosecution Service following evidence supplied by the League Against Cruel Sports and further investigation by Northumbria Police.
Notes to Editor
Joint Master, Timothy Wyndham Basil Smalley was fined £2,075 with £120 victim surcharge
Huntsman, Ian Robert McKie was fined £1,150 with a £115 victim surcharge
Kennel Huntsman, Andrew John Proe was fined £480 with a £48 victim surcharge
Each defendant was ordered to pay costs of £385. No forfeiture order was applied for, each being of previous good character.
- Video footage of the incident is available here>>
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