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.