Press Archive

HSA news release 22nd February 2006

Police action condemned as ‘ludicrous’

Hunt saboteurs who attempt to prevent illegal hunting, are attacked – and then arrested!

The Hunt Saboteurs Association today condemned the ludicrous actions of police yesterday after they arrested 7 hunt sabotuers on Suspicion of ABH whilst attending a meet of the East Sussex and Romney Marsh Fox Hounds, who met near Hastings, East Sussex. The hunt, believed to have been blatantly hunting illegally for several weeks, was seen to be hunting illegally from the start of the day and hunt saboteurs were present to get evidence of this. Within an hour of the hunt starting terriermen with the hunt were found to be digging out a fox which had gone to ground. Hunt saboteurs present tried to intervene in but were subjected to a vicious attack.

HSA news release 18th March 2006

A 999 call had to be made for emergency medical help today after hunt saboteurs were viciously attacked by both hunt staff and supporters of the Cotswold Vale Farmers hunt. Two saboteurs were taken to hospital, one with suspected broken ribs and severe concussion, the other with a suspected broken cheekbone and concussion. The hunt, which met at Sandhurst near Gloucester (Gloucestershire) had been been illegally hunting all day and saboteurs were present to collect evidence and also to intervene if necessary to prevent a kill. Police are currently taking statements in order to investigate the assaults.

HSA news release 15th May 2006

A policeman's eye view of Doug Hill

One rule for them...

On 15th May Douglas Hill, Joint Huntmaster of the Essex Farmers and Union Foxhunt narrowly escaped a jail term after being convicted on two counts of assault, assaulting a police officer, criminal damage and threatening behaviour after a four day trial.

The charges related to events on 12th March 2005, when Hill had hit one male sab on the head with his whip, and then spat blood into the face of a police officer. He then repeatedly attacked a female sab with his whip, hitting her twice on the arm and once on the head. She had to attend hospital for concussion.

HSA news release 18th May 2006

Crawley and Horsham hunt supporter pleads guilty to driving offences.


John Wesley John Wesley bashing van window

"Hunt supporters are amongst the most law abiding, deeply rooted, most responsible citizens” (Countryside Alliance 2002)

On what should have been the first day of the trial, Crawley and Horsham hunt supporter John Wesley pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention, having no insurance and failing to report an accident.

Horsham magistrates in Sussex gave Wesley 9 points on his licence but he received less than £500 in fines, costs and compensation, and was only ordered to pay £80 of more than £2000 damage he caused, after he rammed a hunt monitor's minibus off the road. The incident had occurred during the first meet of the Crawley and Horsham hunt after the introduction of the Hunting Act in February 2005. Wesley is already banned from driving having been convicted for having no insurance on a more recent occasion.

HSA news release 20th May 2006

A 'mink hunt’ made up largely of foxhounds has recently moved into the Leconfield Estate hunt kennels at London Road, Petworth, West Sussex where they rent accommodation.

Describing themselves as the ‘Wealden Mink Hounds’ they set off on Saturday, 20th May to hunt on the River Rother and its surrounding streams between Coates and Coultershaw Bridge south of Petworth. Most of the hunting took place in the streams because the hunt claimed the river was too deep.

One huntsman informed a local person that if they ‘heard a disturbance it was the mink hunt.’ When the response was: ‘I thought that’s illegal now,’ the reply was: ‘Well, lets not get into that now.’