February 2017 Police refuse to hand over apology letter
After filming and reporting an Atherstone Hunt supporter ramming his car into the saboteurs vehicle and then threatening and shouting a torrent of sexist abuse – a clear Section 4 / 5 Public Order offence Leicestershire Police decided to given him a lenient sentence – a conditional caution with the condition being that he writes a letter of apology to the victim. Leicestershire Police then refused to even hand over the letter to the victim saying she could view it at arm’s length but could not keep it because they didn’t want it to be put on social media. Leicestershire Police effectively protected the perpetrator at the expense of the victim.
An official complaint was made and the letter was eventually sent to the victim. The letter was put on social media and then picked up by the national media
After this event where the hunt supporter was clearly filmed swearing Leicestershire Police then took a saboteur all the way to court after senior members of the Atherstone Hunt claimed she had sworn at them. She was charged with a Section 4A and 5 of the Public Order Act. The hunt provided NO evidence to Leicestershire Police to back up their claims. Yet this hunt supporter was told to write a letter of apology that the police then refused to hand over. The saboteur was found not guilty after the senior members of the Athersrtone Hunt’s lies were exposed in court.
This is perhaps one of the clearest examples of how Leicestershire Police treat saboteurs differently to members of the Atherstone Hunt.