6 Sep 2016
The train reportedly used its horns to warn the hunters, who were on the tracks as well
A pack of dogs was killed on a train track during a ‘drag hunting’ event, it has been reported.
The alleged hunt took place near the Cowburn Tunnel in the Vale of Edale in the Derbyshire Peak District.
A resident of nearby Chapel-en-le-Frith told the Buxton Advertiser : "The incident involved around ten men, several with guns, on public footpaths.
"The men also had a large number of hunting dogs which did not seem to be under any form of control.
"The ‘hunt’ concluded with dogs being killed after being struck by the Manchester to Sheffield train."
He added that the train used its horns to warn the hunters, who were on the tracks as well.
Drag hunting is a form of hunting where hounds hunt a scent that has been laid (or ‘dragged’) over a course.
A spokesman for British Transport Police said: “We received a report of dogs being struck by a train at Cowburn Tunnel, Derbyshire shortly before 7pm on Thursday, 25 August.
"Rail staff checked the line but the dogs had been removed from the tracks."
Derbyshire Police said in a statement: "We are aware of concerns about alleged hunting activities in the Chapel area, which were reported to us on Thursday August 25.
"The investigation is at an early stage and PCSO Pat Findlay-Wilson would like to hear from anyone who has any information that would help his inquiries."
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