The victim was trying to observe a hunt (the hunt involved was the Cottersmore Hunt) in the east of Leicestershire
22nd September 2021
An anti-foxhunting campaigner reportedly suffered two broken ribs after he was allegedly ‘pushed or pulled’ from a fence during an altercation.
The 61-year-old was with the Northants Hunt Saboteurs on farmland near Tilton on the Hill, in the east of Leicestershire, where they believed a hunt was beginning.
The incident happened on Saturday morning and East Midlands Ambulance Service and Leicestershire Police were called to the scene.
Fox hunting remains completely legal as long as dogs are not used to kill the prey and hunting groups still operate around the country.
Saboteur groups regularly monitor their activities for evidence of breaches of the law.
A spokesman for the saboteurs said: “As he climbed on to a gate he was then thrown off the gate with full force.
“He landed on his ribs and could not breathe. He was also dazing in and out of consciousness.
“An ambulance was called and he was taken to Leicester Royal infirmary. He had suffered two broken ribs.
“He is also not young man, at the age of 61.”
Leicestershire Police were called to the scene and, according to the saboteurs group, footage of the alleged incident was handed over as evidence.
The spokesman added: “The owner of the field also came forward shortly after the attack and told us we had full permission to be in his field if we so wished.
“Leicestershire Police are aware of this comment from the landowner.”
The alleged attack is being investigated, Leicestershire Police has confirmed.
A spokesman for the force said: “Shortly before 8am on Saturday officers were approached by a group in Launde Road, Tilton on the Hill, stating that a man had been assaulted.
“It was reported that the victim, a man in his 60s, was pushed or pulled from a gate while trying to climb over it.
“The suspect was not at the scene and the victim was taken to hospital for treatment.
“Enquiries into the incident are continuing.”