Quantock Staghounds members to appear in court on charges of illegally hunting a deer

Two members of the Quantock Staghounds are due to make a first appearance before Taunton Deane Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday 21st August 2018 at 9.45am.

Huntsman Richard Down and whipper-in Martin Watts are being prosecuted for alleged illegal hunting with dogs on 22nd January 2018, contrary to Section 1 of the Hunting Act 2004.

The high-profile case is based on evidence provided to Avon & Somerset Police by investigators employed by the League Against Cruel Sports, which is an animal welfare charity.

The case comes 13 years after hunting was banned in England and Wales with the introduction of the Hunting Act 2004, which came into force in February 2005.

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