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Summary of latest investigations, prosecutions, convictions and bans. If you have anything to add please email Pip on info@actionagaisntfoxhunting.org.

Last update 28 June 2022

Prosecutions

Chris Mardles of the Quorn Hunt and previously from the Pytchley and Woodland Hunt, was due in court on the 23/5/22 charged with GBH. Plea hearing shortly.

Charles Carter of the Royal Artillery Hunt has had his court appearance adjourned once again. He was due to appear on 16/6 for a plea hearing, but the court ran out of time. Swindon Magistrates Court. 

Matt Ramsden (huntsman) and Rhys Matcham (whipper in) from the Beaufort Hunt pleaded “not guilty” on 25th May in Swindon Magistrates Court. Trial will take place in September.

The trial date for Mark Antony Pearson of the South Dorset Hunt who is charged with hunting of wild animal with Dogs is set for the 17, 18/10/22. The offence occurred on 13/12/21. Weymouth Magistrates Court.

Paul O’Shea, a terrier man with the East Essex Hunt, and his daughter, have been charged under the Hunting Act, and with animal cruelty offences. He was videoing stabbing a live fox with a garden fork. They are due in court on 22/6/22. UPDATE – O’Shea plead guilty and may face a custodial sentence. Sentencing will take place on 1 August. Charges against his daughter were dropped. 

Chris Woodward of the Wynnstay Hunt has been charged with two separate offences concerning hunting. One occurred near Malpas in November 21 and the other near Wrexham in February 22. The case is due to take place in Wrexham on 6/9/22.

William Hanson, huntsman, Fernie Hunt, is charged with hunting a wild mammal with a dog. He is due to appear in Leicester Magistrates Court on Wednesday 13th July 2022.
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Daniel Cherriman, Master and huntsman, and Oliver Beasley, kennel man, South Shropshire Hunt pleaded not guilty to Hunting Act offences in Telford Magistrates Court 21/06/22. This was the hunt that trespassed on the National Trust’s Long Mynd days after they were banned.
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Arun Squires, Huntsman from the Puckeridge Hunt is due to appear in Stevenage Magistrates’ Court on Wed 13/07/22 for a Hunting Act offence committed 27/12/21.

A hunt supporter, with East Sussex and Romney Marsh Hunt, pled guilty to dangerous driving and criminal damage. This was the incident involving a tractor ramming a monitor’s vehicle. He  has been banned from driving as part of his bail conditions.  Sentencing hearing is coming up on 5 July.

  

Convictions

Joe Welling, a terrier man from the Mendip Farmers Hunt has received a caution for criminal damage.
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Paul Martin (60), from the Western Hunt has been found guilty of assaulting a sab with his walking stick. The offence occurred on 16/10/21 and he has received a fine and required to pay compensation for breaking a phone.
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Paul O’Shea, a terrier man with the East Essex Hunt was convicted under Section 4 of the Animal Welfare Act 20065 and Section 1 of the Hunting Act. . He was videoing stabbing a live fox with a garden fork. They are due in court on 22/6/22. Sentencing to take place on 1st August. 

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Bans and other terrible news (for the hunts, that is)

 

Land Access

Late District National Park Authority has banned all Fox and Trail Hunting from the land it controls.

Country Show Bans

Hound Parade Cancelled at The Great Yorkshire Show

Pubs and other Businesses

The Jamaica Inn permanently banned the East Cornwall Hunt from meeting at the pub.

Point to Point

No more point to point at Barbury Castle. Uneconomical for the race course, apparently.
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Finished Hunts

The Atherstone Hunt has gone into voluntary liquidation and their land is to be sold for development.

The Tanatside Hunt has folded, partly through lack of land available for hunting.