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The Hunt killed a fox, and the police laughed. We will ask the Essex Police to explain themselves.
At around 9.30 am on 20 October 2018, in Abbess Roding, Essex, the Essex Hunt killed a fox. Witnesses saw the fox disappear into thick brush, with the hounds pursuing in full cry. A short while later, the body of a young fox was recovered from the brush. The body was so badly torn, that it was difficult to tell if the animal was a dog fox or a vixen.

On the road above the kill, a police car was parked. Even when they were shown the bloody, steaming mess that had been a living fox only minutes before, the police made no effort at all to find out what had happened. One of them, PC Leeann Rea stayed in the car and laughed.

The police must be called to account. They refused to take any statements at the scene. Later on, one witness visited the police station and insisted that his statement was taken. The police now say that they will investigate – but the moment has passed because nothing was done at the time.

We must ask the police these questions:

Police were present as an alleged crime was being committed. Why did the police not investigate immediately?

Why was PC Leeann Rea laughing when witnesses were so clearly distressed?

The police say they don’t have the resources to monitor illegal foxhunting. If this is the case, why did the police waste this opportunity when they were already there?

How you can help
We all need to email the chief constable at Essex police.

Choose from one of the two template letters below, and copy the one you like. Or, write your own. Then click on the email address for the chief constable and paste the email. Press send. Takes about two minutes. Let us know how you get on.

The Chief Constable is called Mr Harrington

Letter A
Dear Mr Harrington

I am deeply concerned about the behaviour and actions of the police officers who were present when a fox was killed by hounds at Abbess Roding in Essex on Saturday 20th October 2018.

The torn body of the fox (recovered by witnesses) was shown to officers, but no action at all was taken by the police. The killing of this fox was very likely to have been criminal, and the possible crime scene was fresh. We believe that if this had been any other crime, the police would have made an effort to find out what had happened, given that they were actually there at the time. It seems very clear that the police are happy to tolerate illegal foxhunting in Essex. This is unacceptable.

Witnesses were extremely distressed by the killing. However, one policewoman – PC Leeann Rea 3387 – was seen laughing in her car. We suspect that the police showed no respect to the witnesses because of who they were and why they were there. These witnesses were there to prevent wildlife crime; something the police should applaud. However, they were treated with contempt. This is also unacceptable.

Essex Police need to answer the following questions:

Why was no action taken at the time when the police were present at a possible crime?

Why do Essex Police appear to ignore illegal foxhunting?

Why do Essex Police show clear prejudice when dealing with a group of volunteers who are trying to prevent wildlife crime?

How will the police officer who laughed at the witnesses’ distress be disciplined?

How will Essex police respond in future to illegal foxhunting?

Thank you. I look forward to your reply.

Letter B
Dear Chief Constable Harrington,

I fail to see what is funny about ripping an animal to bloody pieces, and yet this is what witnesses observed of PC Leeann Rea, while on duty attending an illegal fox hunt.

The oath taken by police forces in England states;

I, … of … do solemnly and sincerely declare and affirm that I will well and truly serve the Queen in the office of constable, with fairness, integrity, diligence and impartiality, upholding fundamental human rights and according equal respect to all people; and that I will, to the best of my power, cause the peace to be kept and preserved and prevent all offences against people and property; and that while I continue to hold the said office I will to the best of my skill and knowledge discharge all the duties thereof faithfully according to law.

Where does ‘fairness, integrity, diligence and impartiality’ exist in this abhorrent event which took place at around 9.30 am on 20 October 2018, in Abbess Roding, Essex. The police called to the scene just watched as the Hunt blatantly hunted and killed a fox right in front of them. Not one of the officers intervened to prevent the crime taking place, and it is a crime.

Do I need to remind Essex police force that foxhunting is illegal? And that all your officers will have taken the oath which states they will ‘discharge all the duties thereof faithfully according to law.’

Actively allowing illegal foxhunting is an insult to an oath which I would hope your officers take with pride.

Laughing at the illegal slaughter of a sentient being is inexcusable.

Refusing to take statements at the scene, which is what your officers failed to do, is reprehensible.

A witness was persistent and made their way to the station to give a statement, but they had to fight for that right. I understand an investigation is now underway because of this statement, but really this matter should have been dealt with at the scene, in full view of the obvious evidence of illegal foxhunting.

Witnesses were quite rightly distressed and yet PC Leeann Rea laughed at the events unfolding before her eyes.

The police often say that they don’t have the resources to monitor illegal foxhunting, and yet there they were parked on the road above the kill, just watching, clearly enjoying the ill perceived sport of illegal foxhunting.

Surely your officers and taxpayer’s money could be put to better use.

I ask that as well as investigating events of 20 October 2018, that you also investigate the actions of these officers.