Date set for Clarissa Dickson-Wright hunt trial

A date has finally been set for the Scarborough trial of television chef Clarissa Dickson-Wright on hunting charges. Ms Dickson-Wright, of Midlothian in Scotland – who found fame as one half of the Two Fat Ladies – is accused of hunting hares with dogs and attending hare coursing events in March 2007. The offences are …

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Charities in dispute over culling magpies

From The Times Valerie Elliott, Countryside Editor Wildlife charities are in dispute over the role of magpies in the disappearance of songbirds from gardens across the country. The birds are considered vicious nest marauders by many supporters of Songbird Survival and the Countryside Alliance, who claim magpies snatch chicks and eggs. But the RSPB and …

Charges dropped

The League Against Cruel Sports (LACS) has dropped its private prosecution of four members of the Isle of Wight Hunt, which was the last hunt prosecution adjourned pending a recent High Court judgment. LACS has confirmed it will not be continuing with the prosecution against Stuart Trousdale, Liam Thom, Jamie Butcher and Malcolm Purcell from …

Dogs seized in police raids on badger baiters

Ulster officers took action against blood sports enthusiasts following a Sunday Times investigation John Mooney An international network of badger baiters has been exposed following an under-cover investigation by The Sunday Times. The inquiry, run in conjunction with the Ulster Society (for the) Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (USPCA), prompted a series of police raids …

Huntsman in court

A HUNTSMAN for the Duke of Northumberland has been charged with illegal hunting. Robert McCarthy, 34, of the Kennels, Cannongate, Alnwick, is alleged to have breached the Hunting Act of 2004 in an incident on Wednesday, November 12, 2008, at Bradford Kaims, near Belford. He is due to appear at South East Northumberland Magistrates Court …