Today Atherstone Hunt supporter Laura Caines was found guilty of two counts of assault by beating at Loughborough Magistrates Court.
The incident happened on the 28th February 2015 after a fox was chased and illegally hunted by the Atherstone. Stuart Barton, the huntsman, immediately rides his horse into the nearest saboteur pinning them against a wall. Caines then attacks the same saboteur from behind by putting them in a head lock, hitting them over the head and then attempting to steal their camcorder. She then moved on to the other sab who was filming, grabbed her and then dug her nails into the sabs cheek causing it to bleed. She again tried to steal the camcorder that had filmed the incident.
Magistrates found her guilty in her absence after offering no defence. A warrant has been issued for her arrest so that she can be sentenced.
Lee Moon, press spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs Association, stated: “It is always gratifying when one of the violent bloodsports community is held accountable for their actions. The police and CPS were forced to act in this instance due to compelling video evidence that even they couldn't brush under the carpet. This incident is just the tip of the iceberg however of what West Midlands Hunt Sabs have experienced from the Atherstone hunt over the past two years. They are regularly subjected to physical and verbal abuse which is ignored by the police. They also have video evidence of illegal hunting which is also ignored. The calibre of the Atherstone hunt and their supporters is obvious to all decent people and we expect a more assertive approach from Leicestershire and Warwickshire police in the future.”
Video evidence of the assault can be seen here:
Atherstone Hunt supporter guilty of assault - West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs | Facebook


The Hunt Saboteurs Association is today celebrating the cancellation of the week-long hunting event known as Alston Hare Week.

For the first time in over thirty years the Weardale & Tees Valley Beagles have failed to organise their usual October 'festival' for visiting southern packs.

This is as a direct result of the event being sabotaged last year and the HSA's firm commitment to return to Alston whenever required.

HSA Press Officer Lee Moon commented, "The beaglers seem reluctant to repeat the experience of 2014 which saw up to 40 sabs disrupting their hunts. Whilst this is a great victory, we are not complacent. Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, we have been able to fund a dedicated unit in the area whose role is to monitor any attempt to reschedule the event. We will not tolerate the killing of Alston's hares."


Hunt Saboteurs Association News Release 15th November 2015

On Saturday 14th November the Atherstone Hunt were filmed chasing and then killing a fox at Grendon Fields Farm, Leicestershire by West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs. Sabs saw the fox being chased closely by hounds.  It stopped and looked to its left and then to its right and saw there was no escape.  There were hounds either side of it, they caught it, dragged it to the floor and killed it. The rest of the pack were trying to get at it.  Whipper-in Phil Durno got off his horse, grabbed the dead body and handed it to the Huntsman of the Dove Valley Mink Hounds, Will Shaw, who slung it over his horse and rode off with it.

Lee Moon, Spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs Association, stated: “Leicestershire and Warwickshire police are aware that the hunt killed a fox yet not only do they allow the Atherstone to continue hunting but they give the people who film this footage harassment notices at every opportunity with no evidence whatsoever. It is this lack of action that has allowed the hunt to get away with continuing to hunt illegally and it is the polices lack of action that has allowed this fox to be killed. This is organised crime that is being filmed and exposed twice a week whilst the police stand idly by and do nothing.”

Footage of the kill can be viewed here:


















Hunt Saboteurs Association Press Release 14th November 2015


A hunt saboteur has been stabbed by a terrrier man from the Southdown and Eridge Foxhunt. The hunt were holding an early morning meet at Eridge, near Tunbridge Wells and were furious that sabs were present to stop their illegal activities. All was relatively quiet until a group of terrier men launched an unprovoked, sustained attack on sabs. Two of the hunt supporters used knives in these attacks and two of the sabs have been treated for serious stab wounds to their hands. Other injuries included a fractured hand and a tooth being knocked out.
Stab Wound 1

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.


Lee moon, Press spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs Association, stated: “When knife crime occurs in cities politicians, police and the media drum up hysteria and insist on long prison sentences for the perpetrators. When it's their friends in the fox hunting community however the police turn a blind eye and instead harass the victims. Saboteurs are used to such violence. It doesn't deter us and in fact only makes us more determined to stop them illegally hunting and killing wildlife.”
Stab Wound 2


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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