Leicestershire Police’s DS 124 Matt Trott gave two hunt saboteurs Harassment Notice’s based on the word of the Atherstone Hunt and without seeing any actual evidence (See previous post). One of the saboteurs rang DS Trott up to complain about the situation. This what DS Trott said to the saboteur on the phone:
“You are hunt saboteurs that’s what you do, you trespass on other people’s property and harass people”
An official complaint was made about DS Trott’s obvious bias and his manner of the phone.
DS Matt Trott admitted to the conversation and even owned up to slamming the phone down on the saboteur. The complaint was upheld. Incredibly despite the clear conflict of interest and his negative views of saboteurs Trott is allowed to continue working on hunting cases as part of Operation Blackthorn. Along with PC Alison Barnes Trott continues to charge saboteurs based on allegations made by members of the Atherstone Hunt and without having any actual evidence.
April 2015 Saboteurs given Police Information Notices despite no evidence
On 2nd April 2015 PC Alison Barnes asked two sabs to attend voluntary interviews.
Atherstone Hunt member Luke Smith made allegations that he was pulled off his horse by a saboteur. Senior Investigating officer PS Matt Trott puts an arrest warrant out for the saboteur despite having no evidence from the hunt to back up the claims. Saboteurs put out footage of the incident showing what really happened – Luke Smith trying to ride saboteurs down with his horse and assaulting them.
PS Trott then issues the two saboteurs with a Police Information Notice (Harassment notice) – despite no evidence from the hunt and despite there being video footage disproving the allegations.
The two saboteurs had to get their MPs involved who wrote a letter to the Chief Constable Simon Cole asking him what exactly was going on? The PINs were overturned and Leicestershire Police were forced to issue a rare apology to both saboteurs who also said the PINs had been misused and shouldn’t have been issued