College Valley and North Northumberland Hunt members convicted for illegal fox hunting

Three members of the College Valley and North Northumberland Hunt were today found guilty of illegally hunting a fox during a hunt meet at West Kyloe Farm, near Lowick, Northumberland on 27th February 2014.

guilty 250Appearing before Berwick Magistrates’ Court, joint Master, Timothy Wyndham Basil Smalley, huntsman, Ian Robert McKie and kennel huntsman, Andrew John Proe of the College Valley and North Northumberland Hunt, were all convicted of hunting a wild mammal with dogs, contrary to Section 1 of the Hunting Act 2004.

Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes) cub, 7 weeks old

Joe Duckworth, Chief Executive at the League Against Cruel Sports said: “We are extremely pleased with today’s verdict. We hope this successful case will make other hunt members think twice before breaking the law and causing harm to wildlife.

“We know that many hunts continue to regularly flout the law. Our team of professional investigators work hard in the field to capture illegal activity and work with the relevant statutory bodies to bring about prosecutions.”

The case was brought by the Crown Prosecution Service following evidence supplied by the League Against Cruel Sports and further investigation by Northumbria Police.

Article taken from: http://www.league.org.uk/news-and-opinion/press-releases/2014/oct/guilty-college-valley-and-north-northumberland-hunt-members-convicted-for-illegal-fox-hunting

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