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First conviction in Wales

30 July 2007

30th July 2007: William Armstrong, Terrierman for the Flint and Denbigh Hunt, has been found guilty of hunting a wild animal with dogs in the first hunting prosecution to be brought by police in since the Hunting Act 2004 became law. He pleaded guilty and was charged a fine of £200 and £60 legal costs. Charges against the landowner, Peter Williams, who had been accused of allowing illegal hunting to take place on his land have been dropped.

Mike Hobday, Head of the Prosecutions Unit at the League Against Cruel Sports said, “This demonstrates the folly of breaking the Hunting Act. Fox hunting is a public activity - those who go out into the countryside in order to hunt foxes will be seen and may well end up with a criminal record. You don’t need a video camera to secure a conviction.”

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