A video has circulated on social media showing Mark, Ben and Edward Doggrell from the Blackmore and Sparkford Vale Hunt involved in a brawl outside the William Dampier pub in Yeovil on the evening of Saturday 9th February. The incident occurred after 4 men (presumably the Doggrell’s) were ejected from another pub in the town and were then refused entry to the William Dampier. Avon and Somerset police commented on the footage saying: “We want to assure people that violence of this nature will not be tolerated”
Earlier on the same day the Blackmore and Sparkford Vale were witessed killing a fox and Mark and Edward were filmed disposing of the body. Mark Doggrell is the huntsman whilst his son Edward was field master on the day. Other son Ben is terrier man of the Cattistock Hunt. Hunt saboteurs from Weymouth Animal Rights, Dorset Hunt Sabs, North Dorset Hunt Sabs and Southampton sabs witnessed the kill and were assaulted by Mark Doggrell whilst trying to retrieve the body.
Ben Doggrell has previously pleaded guilty to ABH after assaulting a hunt sab and Mark Doggrell was famously found not-guilty, despite clear video evidence of him riding down and almost killing a sab.
Lee Moon, spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs Association stated: “Violence is a way of life for the Doggrells. They’re used to violently chasing and killing foxes and violently assaulting anyone who opposes them. It’s no surprise to see them involved in this mass brawl as it’s just an extension of their violent ways. They’re also used to a free pass from Dorset Police who do little to curb their behaviour. It’s interesting that the police are so vocal in their criticism of the pub brawl when they’ve turned a blind eye to the Doggrell’s lawbreaking for so many years.”
Video of the aftermath of the kill can be seen here: https://www.facebook.com/WeymouthAnimalRights/videos/2011534245807055/