Anti-hunt activist who was called a ‘f*****g slag’ and a ‘whore’ at a protest battles for FOUR MONTHS to see a copy of her abuser’s apology letter – Daily Mail
An Atherstone Hunt supporter subjected Cathy Scott to a barrage of foul-mouthed sexist abuse, he was given a caution by Leicestershire Police and told to write the victim an apology letter. Leicestershire Police then refused to hand over the apology letter. It took FOUR months of battling with Leicestershire Police before they finally handed it over
‘We were there to monitor activity on the hunt. We stopped our vehicle on the lane because we could see them coming down the track.
‘They drove their vehicle into us and that’s when I was met with this tirade of abuse. It was really nasty stuff.
‘He was effing and blinding and calling me all the names under the sun, all on camera. It was completely unacceptable language.
‘I told him it was some of the worst abuse I had ever heard. It was unprovoked and unnecessary.
‘I was feeling massively intimidated and that’s why I reported it to the police.
‘But I didn’t expect to be waiting on an apology all this time later. He wrote the letter in January for goodness sake and I only got it in March.’
‘Leicestershire Police were essentially protecting the perpetrator and treating me, the victim, like a criminal.
‘If I have to jump through hoops like that to get a simple letter of apology, what chance do other victims of more serious crimes have?
‘They told me I could come and read the letter at arm’s length – what sort of rule is that?
‘It was agreed that as part of his conditional caution he would write me a letter of apology and take a victim awareness course. Did they think I would never ask about the letter?
‘This man called me some of the most horrible, misogynistic names under the sun. He waved his fist at me and another woman and we really did feel threatened.
‘I had to chase the letter up time and time again and they gave me this most peculiar excuse that because it had details of a ‘sensitive nature’ they couldn’t let me keep it.
‘Obviously I questioned this but they were adamant that I couldn’t have it and would have to meet a police officer to look at it. It was absolutely ludicrous and if I hadn’t have fought it, I’d probably still be waiting for the apology.’
The letter read:
‘I am writing this letter of apology to you as instructed, I apologise to you for the coarse language and derogatory comments used against you on Tuesday the 29th of November 2016. On the gated road [in] Sutton Cheney.
‘The comments were made in the heat of the moment, and for that I apologise.’
ATHERSTONE HUNT SUPPORTER GIVEN CONDITIONAL CAUTIONOn 29-11-16 whilst we were monitoring the activities of the the Atherstone Hunt at Sutton Cheney, one of the hunts supporters who had been watching the hunt decided to ram his car into our vehicle. He then jumped out and proceeded to shout a torrent of sexist and misogynist verbal abuse at a female sab. He can be seen raising his fist and indicates that he knows where she lives. The hunt can be seen riding past as he continues his tirade of shocking sexist language. The incident was reported to Leicestershire Police who dealt with the matter swiftly, he was brought in for questioning where he accepted a conditional caution for his actions. He must attend a victim awareness course which he must pay for himself and he must write a letter of apology to the victim.The Atherstone Hunt and its supporters seem to have a real problem with women, over the past few years the women in our group have been subjected to numerous sexist and misogynist verbal abuse and have been physically attacked and bullied by men from the hunt. Hopefully this sends a message out to the Atherstone Hunt that this is not an acceptable way to talk to women and that their bigotry will not be tolerated by the police.Help us continue with our work:: https://www.paypal.me/westmidlandhuntsabsPlease sign our petition: https://www.change.org/p/atherstone-town-council-to-prohibit-the-atherstone-hunt-meeting-in-atherstone-market-square
Posted by West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs on Sunday, January 29, 2017