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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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Newcomers’ Week gets more people hooked on hunting

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The Countryside Alliance’s annual Hunting Newcomers Week (18 – 25 October) came to a close on Saturday having created many new converts to hunting. Packs throughout the country saw huge turnouts at newcomers’ meets and events, with many oversubscribed, resulting in hunts deciding to organise a second event later in the season.  Henrietta Rutgers of…

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Comment on RSPB Birdcrime 2013 report

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Once again the RSPB has used its Birdcrime Report 2013 to make sweeping allegations against the shooting community and grouse shooting in particular. An examination of the report shows that the scale of the accusations cannot be sustained on the evidence contained in the report. There is nothing in the report, as in previous years,…

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Mobile roaming is welcome but is not the full solution, says Countryside Alliance

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The Countryside Alliance welcomes the Government’s announcement today that it is taking further action to tackle mobile phone “not-spots” around the country. However we are concerned that a focus on promoting national roaming will not tackle the root problem – the need to reform regulations surrounding mobile phone infrastructure. Countryside Alliance head of policy Sarah…

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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 explains new dog control regulations

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New dog control powers should not pose a problem for responsible dog owners, including those who use dogs for work or sport – says the Countryside Alliance. Additional powers were granted to the police last month under the Anti-social, Crime and Policing Act 2014, designed to give them greater flexibility when dealing with irresponsible dog…

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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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