2nd May 2019
Six men have appeared in court where they denied hunting a wild mammal with dogs.
The men are charged with hunting a wild mammal with dogs at Spath Covert, in Sutton-on-the-Hill, in Derbyshire, on October 2, 2018.
Hunting wild mammals with dogs is illegal under the 2004 Hunting Act.
Sam Staniland, 31, of Hadleigh, Ipswich; Sammuel Stanley, 25, of Burton Road, Needwood; William Tatler, 45, of The Green, Idridgehay, Belper; Andrew Bull, 50, of Meynell Hunt Kennells, Ashbourne Road, Sudbury; John Finnegan, 33, of Gaddesby Lane, Kirby Bellars, and Peter Southwell, 60, of Tolldish Lane, Great Haywood, all denied the charge when they appeared at Nottingham Justice Centre on Tuesday, April 30.
Only five of the men were present as Tatler had a medical reason for why he could not attend the proceedings, the court was told.
The men were told to return to the court where they will face trial over the alleged offence starting on Monday, August 19.
It will again be held at Nottingham Justice Centre. They were granted unconditional bail until then.
Martin Sims, director of investigations at the League Against Cruel Sports, said outside court after the case:
“We’d like to thank Derbyshire police and the Crown Prosecution Service for bringing this case to court under the Hunting Act, and we will now await the outcome of the trial.”