Atherstone Hunt Opening Meet 1/11/16LONE FEMALE HUNT SABS TYRES SLASHEDDuring the Atherstone Hunts opening meet of the main fox hunting season a lone female hunt sab came across the huntsman and hounds hunting very close to the A444 in Leicestershire. It was clear a fox had just run across the busy road and down into a badger sett on the other side as the hounds were about to run across the road and into on coming traffic. Whilst trying to prevent the hounds running onto the busy road the dash-cam inside the females sabs vehicle recorded regular Atherstone Hunt supporter and Ex-Policeman Jon Hadfield walking across the road straight over to the vehicle and taking a penknife out of his pocket. The footage on the sabs handheld camera then shows him to be the only person anywhere near the vehicle. When the sab gets nearer to the vehicle a loud hissing sound can be heard. The front passenger tyre quickly deflated after being stabbed multiple times all around the side. The incident has been reported to Leicestershire Police. If any members of the general public were on the a444 at this time and witnessed anything pls pm us. Thanks.Please help towards our costs of buying a new tyre https://www.paypal.me/westmidlandhuntsabs
**MORE VIOLENCE FROM THE ATHERSTONE HUNT**Please like and share**Hunt supporter punches sabs in face and shoves them down a ditch**Then rides them down on his quad bikeJust a week after a meeting in which the Atherstone Hunt joint-masters told off all their supporters for continued bad behaviour and warned them not to assault or abuse saboteurs, sabs are badly assaulted by the Atherstone Hunt. https://www.facebook.com/WestMidsHuntSabs/videos/1206387039506368/Sabs were peacefully filming the hunt when an angry supporter / farmer who had been watching the hunt sped up to them on his quad bike and immediately started throwing punches. One sab ends up in the hedge whilst another is shoved down a ditch. He continues lashing out at anyone near him. Sabs began walking away from him and back to the road to diffuse the situation only for the angry hunt supporter to begin riding them down on his quad bike. One Sab is hit and ends up in the ditch, once out of the ditch however the quad is driven into him again at speed. The sab was thrown into the ditch and luckily escaped any serious injuries. However it could have been a different story especially if the quad had not stopped and landed on top of the sab in the ditch. The person in question is a known Atherstone Hunt supporter who was filmed last year running at sabs with an iron bar. Leicestershire Police were informed of this previous incident but decided to take no further action… https://www.facebook.com/WestMidsHuntSabs/videos/988138277997913/The threats of violence continued back on the road as other hunt supporters joined in. One supporter tried to snatch a camera whilst another issued death threats. To round it all off one Atherstone follower threatened to flash his penis….So the Atherstone Hunts new policy is in tatters but we are not surprised, no matter how many final warnings this hunt are given the Atherstone Hunt will not and can not change. We wait to see how the MFHA deals with this one…Elsewhere the huntsman again struggled to keep the hounds under control whilst a group of riders lead by one of the joint-masters surrounded the sab vehicle before riding their horses into the path of the vehicle in an attempt to make it look like the sab was driving into them. Extremely dangerous for the horse and rider. This behaviour was led by the same joint-master who can be heard in their recent meeting warning the rest of the hunt not to engage with or abuse the antis. If the masters can't follow their own advice then there is no hope for the rest of the hunt. A separate video of this incident will followOnce the Atherstone Hunt had finished we came across the North Warwickshire Beagles who were in the same area. Upon seeing us they immediately exited the field they were in and packed up. A separate report on this will follow. Thank you to Atherstone Hunt Watch who joined and helped usThank you to everyone who has recently donated https://www.paypal.me/westmidlandhuntsabsYou can also set up a standing order with us. sort code-089299 account no-65488120
***AUDIO OF ATHERSTONE HUNT AND LOCAL WILDLIFE OFFICER****PLEASE SHARE***KEY POINTS:Wildlife officer advises hunt on which laws can and can’t be used against saboteursHunts governing body MFHA would be happy if the Atherstone disbandedHunt supporters told off for their bad behaviourHunts joint-masters talk about trail huntingWe have obtained an audio recording of the Atherstone Hunt’s recent pre-season meeting. All riders, supporters and followers were encouraged to attend the meeting at the Odd House in Snarestone. The hunts joint-masters all sat at the front alongside two police officers from Leicestershire Police (who were introduced as Leicestershire Hunt). During the talk Leicestershire Police’s wildlife officer Rob Cross talked in depth about which laws can and cannot be used against hunt saboteurs. This included a lengthy explanation on the differences between trespass and aggravated trespass. He is heard saying that spraying citronella, cracking whips and anything like that could be classed as aggravated trespass and is quick to agree with a hunt supporter that standing in a field could be criminal damage of crops. He says “If you can document that damage then yeah brilliant” He is also heard saying “WE’RE not dealing with idiots, these people are intelligent, quite shrewd people, quite clever. They will sabotage the organisation from whatever angle they can”. We also learn from the meeting that two of the joint masters have had several meetings with Leicestershire Police. What was discussed at these meetings and why did they take place? At a recent police training day it was explained to Leicestershire Police that “trail hunting” doesn't exist and is just a cover for fox hunting yet at no point did either officer question the hunt when they were talking about their trail hunting.Is it appropriate for a wildlife officer to be advising a fox hunt about which laws can and can’t be used against hunt saboteurs? Does this amount to collusion between the hunt and police? Leicestershire Police’s former wildlife officer was forced to resign as wildlife officer after it was revealed that she rode with the Belvoir Hunt.Leicestershire Police Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/leicspolice/MFHAWe also heard during the meeting that the hunts governing body the Master of Fox Hounds Association (MFHA) have “gone mad” and have had enough of the Atherstone Hunt because of all the trouble they have caused and would be quite happy if they weren’t around any more. The MFHA pay a percentage of the Atherstone Hunt’s legal fees which have been substantial and has cost the MFHA a lot of money. As a result they no longer want to insure the Atherstone and will not be paying any of their legal fees should they find themselves in trouble. Over the past three years Atherstone Hunt supporters have amassed 20 convictions, police cautions and community resolutions for violence and antisocial behaviour. They have also been investigated numerous times for killing foxes. https://www.facebook.com/WestMidsHuntSabs/videos/1029418803869860/ (Yet a wildlife officer is happy to sit alongside and advise this same hunt on which laws can be used against saboteurs who have zero convictions) HUNT SUPPORTThe Atherstone Hunt have NEVER once admitted in public that they have done anything wrong. However in private the joint-masters spent a considerable time telling off their hunt supporters for their bad behaviour. They now have a zero tolerance policy (why have they not had this from the start?) and anyone who causes trouble won't be welcome back including anyone “who finds it acceptable to throw horse muck at the antis and steal their banners” there were hunt directors standing and watching as this incident happened and did nothing to try to stop it. Instead they stood by and found it amusing. https://www.facebook.com/WestMidsHuntSabs/videos/1009549382523469/ At least one of thoses hunt members have been out this season. Another supporter who has been allowed back out was pictured holding the stolen banner in a pub (clearly finding that behaviour acceptable). We shall see who else is allowed back out as the season progresses. “TRAIL HUNTING”We hear the hunt claiming it will be hunting within the law and hunting trails. We are told that these trails will be laid the day before. It is highly unlikely that the scent would last that long. These “trails” will be laid through woods and coverts, places that foxes live. Hunt supporters are told not to holla, raise their hats or handkerchiefs if they see a fox and not to tell the huntsman. These are all acts associated with pre-ban hunting to alert the huntsman to where the fox ran but look extremely incriminating when filmed post-ban. The supporters however are told not to tell the huntsman or any hunt staff if they see a fox. Surely this would be the first thing you would do if you were wanting to avoid chasing foxes. Instead they are to let the fox be chased and the huntsman can claim he didn’t know. We are supposed to belive that the hounds will be following day old trails, that trails have been laid in places foxes are known to live (why would you do this if you were wanting to avoid chasing foxes) and when a fox is inevitably found no one is to warn the huntsman instead they are to let the hounds chase it. Rob Cross the wildlife officer sat through this explanation unquestioningly. It should be setting alarm bells ringing for any decent wildlife officer as it doesn't add up. Also what scent will the Atherstone be using to lay trails? Fox urine as the Atherstone were claiming as recently as this summer? If so where are they getting it from? It is even questionable whether it is actually legal to be spreading fox urine across the country. Again we ask is it appropriate for a WILDLIFE officer to be advising a fox hunt about which laws can be used against saboteurs. The fox hunt that has 20 convictions, cautions and community resolutions the saboteur group have zero. How many meetings have there been between the Atherstone Hunt and Leicestershire Police? What was said? We understand that the hunt have already made more false allegations which Leicestershire Police seem to be taking seriously. This is not the first time there have been questions over Leicestershire Police's impartiality over fox huntingTheir former wildlife officer rode with the BelvoirThe CPS was forced to drop an investigation into a blocked badger sett because they said Leicestershire Police had not handed the evidence in on time. They also failed completely to investigate one of the two people responsible.They were successfully sued by a member of this group for unlawfully arresting a sabWe exposed emails from this incident from Leicestershire Police saying the sab should be charged otherwise she would sue the police. They issued two Police Information Notices to members of this group based on the word of the Atherstone Hunt without seeing any evidence. They later dropped the PINs and had to apologise.They refused to hand over a letter of apology from a member of the Atherstone hunt to the victim and we aware of false allegations being made against her again.Let’s be clear as long as the Atherstone Hunt are operating we will always be watching. This meeting clearly shows that it will only be us out there trying to stop foxes from being torn apart in the name of sport and we will try and stop any kills from happening.To help us continue exposing hunting and the policing around it we would be grateful if you would consider donating towards our costs by using the link below or setting up a standing order. https://www.paypal.me/westmidlandhuntsabs sort code-089299 account no-65488120We are always grateful for the support shown to us by YOU the public. Thank you. WMHS
October 2017 – Wildlife officer recorded advising Atherstone Hunt on which laws can be used on saboteurs
Leicestershire Police wildlife officer PC Rob Cross was recorded attending a meeting with the Atherstone Hunt where he advised them on which laws can and cannot be used on hunt saboteurs. In the same audio recording senior members of the hunt reveal they have had several meeting with Leicestershire Police over the summer. It should come as no surprise that after this meeting Leicestershire Police charged a member of West Midlands Hunt Saboterus with Section 4a and 5 of the Public Order Act after senior members of the Atherstone Hunt lied about her swearing and shouting at them. Leicestershire Police pushed this all the way to court where the hunt sab was found not guilty after video footage proved the Atherstone Hunt had been lying. If she had been found guilty the Atherstone Hunt could have applied for a restraining order against her.