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
Posted by West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs on Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Campaigners welcome Leicestershire fox hunt supporter’s tyre slashing conviction – Leicester Mercury
On 1st November 2016 during the Atherstone Hunts opening meet a vehicle belonging to a member of West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs had its front tyre repeatedly stabbed. The vehicle was unattended as the saboteur was trying to prevent the out of control pack of hounds running out onto the busy road and causing an accident. When she got back to the vehicle she discovered that her tyre had been slashed. After later watching back the vehicles in car camera it shows regular Atherstone Hunt supporter and ex-policeman John Hadfield walking up to the vehicle and taking what looks like a pen knife out of his pocket and unfolding it to take the blade out.
On Wednesday 18th October Mr Hadfield was found guilty of criminal damage and slashing the tyre.
He was sentenced to 18 months’ conditional discharge and ordered to pay £625 in costs, £64 in compensation to the victim and a £20 victim surcharge.”
A spokesperson for West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs said
“We are pleased with the result hopefully this will send out a message to other members of the Atherstone Hunt. Unfortunately this is the type of behaviour we’ve come to expect from the Atherstone Hunt.