Hunting acquittals rise

Joint-master of the Portman Hunt, Evo Shirley, has been acquitted of charges of illegal hunting, being found not guilty of offences under the Hunting Act 2004 at Poole Magistrates Court on 14 March.

Tim Bonner, chief executive of the Countryside Alliance, said: “This is another case in which there was ample evidence that the hunt was operating legally. The police and CPS need to consider very carefully any ‘evidence’ supplied by anti-hunting activists who have a vested interest in vilifying members of the hunting community. Thisis another example of thousands of pounds being wasted in court and police time.”

From 35 cases of registered hunts in 2017; 20 cases failed, 7 were dropped and 13 ended with defendants being acquitted.

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