Hunt Saboteurs Association News Release 31st October 2017
On Saturday the 28th October the Surrey Union Hunt held their opening meet at Gosterwood Manor Farm, Ockley near Dorking. As well as approx 100 hunt riders there were also 20 hunt saboteurs and 20 Surrey police officers present. The police spent the entire day following sabs around and were completely disinterested in what the hunt were up to.
In the middle of the afternoon the hunts hounds, who were supposedly following an artificial trail, rioted into a private garden, terrorising some semi-tame deer and a domestic cat. Members of the hunt then trespassed into the garden to retrieve the hounds. The householders were furious about the hunt incursion onto their property and came out to remonstrate with members of the hunt. Officers from Surrey police stood idly by and did nothing to help whilst this was going on.
Lee Moon, Spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs Association, stated: “The Surrey Union claim to follow artificial trails. If this was the case what were they doing with their hounds in a private garden terrorising a family's pet. It's a shame that Surrey police don't spend more time policing the real countryside terrorists rather than the hunt sabs who are doing their job for them. Well done to these brave landowners for standing up to the hunt. We're sure there are many more who don't want the hunt on their land but are too scared to say anything.”
Hunt Saboteurs Association News Release 10th October 2017
On 25th February this year hunt saboteurs attended a meet of Britain's most convicted hunt, the Crawley and Horsham foxhounds. Press from the Huffington Post were also present.
Sabs were subject to abuse and assaults through out the day. One was arrested on a trumped up allegation of assault, which was later changed to Aggravated Trespass. The subsequent trial collapsed due to there being no evidence! Another sab was kicked in the face by a rider, but the police took no action.
After a long and difficult day due to extreme weather and swollen streams, a group of three sabs found Huntsman and Master Kim Richardson gathering hounds in the woods. Richardson approached and threatened to ram his hunting horn down a sab's throat. After Richardson threatened the sabs they retreated into the woods and dialled 999 as they were heavily outnumbered. No police attended following the emergency call, but the video of the incident was released on the Huffington Post and Richardson was subsequently interviewed.
After the voluntary interview, he was reported for an offence under Section 4a of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act as he had admitted threatening the sab, but he then pleaded not guilty and went to trial.
Today Richardson appeared at Horsham Magistrates Court in front of a district Judge. The defence tried, unsuccessfully to smear the character of the hunt saboteur. Both Richardson and his 'countryman' (Terrier boy) witness crumbled under cross examination, and Richardson was duly convicted of causing Alarm, Harassment and Distress. He was fined £2500 with £625 costs and a £130 victim surcharge.
Lee Moon, spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs Association, stated: “The sabs involved in the case would like to thank Sussex Police, the CPS and the District Judge for bringing Richardson, who has a long history of assaulting sabs, to justice at last. We wonder however if they would have been quite so keen if footage of the threats had not already been made public in the media. The Crawley and Horsham hunt are clearly a criminal enterprise, having been convicted multiple times for illegal hunting and assaults. It's about time the police looked at closing them down permanently, as they would other criminal gangs who exist purely to break the law.”
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