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Case against Devon and Somerset hunt members is dropped

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The Crown Prosecution Service has confirmed that all charges against Devon and Somerset huntsman Donald Summersgill and joint-masters Rupert Andrews and David Greenwood have been dropped. The three faced a total of four charges relating to alleged incidents of hunting with dogs on 14 September and 24 October 2013.  Avon and Somerset CPS had decided…

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Another bumper year for shooting in the North East

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The shooting industry is celebrating another great year as the 2014/15 shooting season comes to an end this weekend. The last day of the season is the beaters’ day on many shoots, when those people who have worked throughout the season take their turn with a gun. Research undertaken in 2014 shows that shooting is…

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Wooler report vindicates Countryside Alliance’s concerns over RSPCA prosecution policy

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The Countryside Alliance welcomes the arrival of the long-awaited report into the RSPCA’s prosecution strategy by Stephen Wooler, former CPS chief inspector. The report was commissioned in December 2013. Tim Bonner, director of campaigns for the Countryside Alliance said: “Stephen Wooler’s report vindicates our position and accepts nearly every concern that we raised in relation…

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Review of UK digital communications markets a welcome move

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The Countryside Alliance welcomes a major review of the UK’s digital communications markets, announced today (12 March) by Ofcom. Countryside Alliance head of policy Sarah Lee said: “This review is the first in a decade. The Alliance has long been concerned that the current market creates a communications monopoly which is not good for competition…

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New approach to ACPO firearms campaign

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The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) and the Countryside Alliance have agreed a joint letter to all firearms licence holders clarifying the recent ACPO firearms security campaign as a result of concerns raised by thousands of Countryside Alliance supporters and licence holders. The ACPO campaign was launched on 13 October announcing spot checks on…

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Countryside Alliance backs call to safeguard six-day postal service

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The Countryside Alliance fully supports Royal Mail’s call, in its submission to Ofcom, for a review of the impact of competition in the postal delivery market. Countryside Alliance head of policy, Sarah Lee, said: “The six day, one-price-goes-anywhere service that Royal Mail provides through the Universal Service Obligation is essential to those living and working…

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Saboteur harassed and assaulted hunt employee

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An anti-hunting activist has been found guilty of assault and harassment of a North Wales hunt employee. The charges relate to an incident on 28 January and footage that Rhyl-based saboteur Judi Hewitt took and posted on YouTube of the Flint and Denbighshire hunt’s countryman Rob Smith using a terrier to flush a fox from…

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Hunting Act case against Yorkshire hunt collapses

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A court case against two members of the Lunesdale hunt collapsed today (21 January), at York Magistrates Court, on the first day of a planned two-day trial. Terrence “Ted” Potter, 63, of Orton, Penrith and Paul Whitehead, 53, of Sedbergh, had each been accused of one charge of hunting a wild mammal with a dog…

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Running for Repeal

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Big congratulations are due to the Countryside Alliance’s London Marathon team, who all completed Sunday’s race. Fastest was serving cavalry officer Capt Jeremy Sudlow of the Blues and Royals, who finished in 3hrs 9mins, closely followed by farm manager Davina Greenwell (pictured) at 3hrs 30mins and Sharon Baldwin, who is racing secretary to Fergal O’Brian,…

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