Another case against an Atherstone Hunt supporter is dropped with no reason given. Atherstone Hunt rider Luke Miller-Bates was filmed assaulting a sab by grabbing her from behind and pulling to to the ground (as can be seen at the end of this video). Miller-Bates happens to be good friends with PC Rob Cross’s wife Louise Cross. During the investigation the investigating officer claimed they couldn’t locate Miller-Bates and didn’t have his details. We can only assume that PC Cross chose to keep quite about his links to Miller-Bates and the fact that he may have been able to provide relevant details to the investigating officer. In the end sabs had to provide the investigating officer with Miller-Bates details.
A formal complaint has now been made to Leicestershire Police Professional Standards about PC Cross’s conduct and the apparent conflict of interest caused by his links to the Atherstone Hunt
⚠️ Leicestershire Police wildlife officer's connections to the Atherstone Hunt ⚠️Following our revelations about…
Several cases where members of the Atherstone Hunt had assaulted saboteurs were dropped in quick succession over the summer of 2016 including one case were nine Atherstone Hunt supporters ganged up on and assaulted three female saboteurs. Another case involving the Atherstone Hunts hunt stewards was dropped because the CPS claim Leicestershire Police were unable to provide potentially relevant evidence, in particular names and statements of witnesses – despite witnesses making statements to Leicestershire Police. All of these cases were investigated either by PC Tom White or PC Rob Cross. Most of these cases were dropped days before they were due in court.
We will go into more detail in a later post about Leicestershire Police’s involvement in getting these cases dropped
PC White was sexist when dealing with one of the victims after a female saboteur said she felt threatened by the sexual nature of some comments made by the nine Atrherstone Hunt supporters (all men). PC White (also a man) told her that it was only her opinion that the sexual comments were threatening.Unfortunately the female members of our group have encountered sexist and discriminatory attitudes on a fairly frequent basis from male officers at Leicestershire Police.
FOX CHASED AND KILLED BY THE ATHERSTONE HUNT14-11-15 Grendon Fields Farm 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 of 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. The hunt Started in Leicestershire and spent most of the day in Leicestershire crossing over into Warwickshire at the end of the day which is where the fox was killed. Over the past year we have consistently put out footage showing the Atherstone illegally hunting and chasing foxes. The police (specifically Leicestershire which is where most of the Atherstones hunting takes place) are aware of all the footage 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 them to get away with hunting illegally and kill this fox today.(https://www.facebook.com/leicspolice/?fref=ts)(https://twitter.com/leicspoliceWarwickshire police have been informed and appear keen to investigate the incident. So we will wait to see what happens next…….https://www.facebook.com/warwickshirepolice/?fref=tsWe will be posting another video up of today's full events over the next few days which will show the hounds marking to ground in a badger sett, the hunt chasing a hare and sexist, anti social behaviour again from Atherstone hunt members.