Sussex Police were in attendance but were ineffective in their response and made no arrests (although the attackers were identified by sabs). The wounded sabs had to call an ambulance themselves. When extra police did turn up, they spent their time hassling sabs rather than trying to locate the hunt supporters who had used knives in the attack.
A West Midlands Hunt Saboteur (WMHS) has had a second PIN (Police Information Notice) issued against her by Leicestershire Police. This follows two previous PIN's issued by the same force being quashed and the police apologising saying they had been grossly misused.
The saboteur who has received the PIN does all the filming surrounding the Atherstone Hunt so this comes as no surprise as the hunt clearly don't want their unlawful and anti-social behaviour consistently exposed week after week. The police seem unwilling to enforce the hunting act so target the saboteurs instead. The notice claims that sabs have harassed a member of the hunt (Jayney Rayney, the huntsman's partner) but she has been allocated by the hunt to permanently film the sabs and still hasn't been able to produce evidence of this alleged harassment.
Members of WMHS's have had one of their cars set on fire outside their home and tyres slashed. Jayney Rayney has described the sabs home to her recently and said that they know all about her and that she's got it coming.
Members of the Atherstone hunt were recently caught on film performing sex acts on a dead goose. This footage received national media coverage. Jayney Rayney was the adult hunt member seen filming this incident and laughing at this foul behaviour.
Lee Moon, spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs Association, stated: “We have long given up hope that Leicestershire Police will actually enforce the hunting act but to see them target saboteurs and act as private security for the Atherstone Hunt is still disappointing. Two previous PIN's were issued by the force against sabs and were then followed by a retraction and an apology. We fully expect that to happen in this case too but the damage has already been done to the force's reputation.”
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Hunt saboteurs yesterday continued their campaign against pre-season leveret hunting by attending a hunt of the Severn Vale Beagles.
Upon arrival at the meet at West End Town Farm near Marshfield,sabs were greeted by the sight of a hunt official spraying the countryside with large quantities of a noxious, foul- smelling substance. It is assumed that this was for the purposes of trail hunting.
HSA Press Officer Lee Moon commented, "The 2015-6 hunting season has not even officially begun,but hunt sabs have already been in action dozens of times to prevent pre-season fox cub and leveret hunting. If the Severn Vale Beagles really were engaged in legal trail hunting, we wonder why they packed up within ten minutes of our arrival."