This is the video footage that completely undermined three members of the Atherstone Hunt who had claimed a member of West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs had caused them harassment, alarm or distress. The three members of the hunt included Huntsman and joint-master Mike Lane, joint-mast Mark Halford and kennelman Oliver Hope. Their case fell apart when the footage was played in court undermining their allegations. They had claimed that Cathy Scott had shouted, sworn and threatened them. The footage shows the complete opposite a quiet demonstration outside the hunts kennels, no shouting, no swearing and no threatening behavior.
After the trial we contacted Leicestershire Police and asked them to investigate the three hunt members for perverting the course of justice as they had clearly made false statements to the police and had also lied in court. Leicestershire Police refused to even consider investigating them. In fact we reported the three hunt members on THREE separate occasions to Leicestershire Police who refused to investigate. The first officer we spoke to was also rude, aggressive and defensive on the phone. We can only conclude that Leicestershire Police’s refusal to investigate this particular crime is because it would implicate some of their own officers. After all it was Leicestershire Police who allowed this case to continue despite the fact that the hunt had provided them with NO actual evidence to collaborate their claims. It was Leicestershire Police who allowed the members of the hunt to make wild accusations in their statements which had no relevance to the incident and again had no actual evidence to back them up. The officers involved in this case (PS Matt Trott and PC Alison Barnes) have a history of targeting hunt saboteurs with false allegations from the hunt that have no evidence to back them up. These same officers also have a history of taking no further action against members of the Atherstone Hunt despite actual video evidence being handed over to them.
Before the trial the CPS refused to release details of meetings between the Atherstone Hunt and officers from Leicestershire Police. This is all in stark contrast to how Leicestershire Police treat hunt saboteurs. We are not allowed to make allegations we can not back up with actual evidence.