Following news that Oakham Council have rejected the Cottesmore Hunt's Boxing Day request, Tom Quinn, Campaigns Director for League Against Cruel Sports said: “We applaud Oakham Town Council’s decision to reject the Cottesmore Hunt’s request to hold its Boxing Day meet in the town’s Cutts Close.

“Earlier this year a Cottesmore Hunt employee was convicted for the illegal blocking up of a badger sett. It is right that the majority of Oakham Councillors felt that the town should not accommodate a hunt which treats the law with so much contempt that it continues to employ convicted criminal Dean Jones as its terrierman.

“Could this vote be a watershed moment? Perhaps Oakham Town Council’s resolve will give other councils the confidence they need to reject Boxing Day requests from hunts that are clearly linked to unlawful activity.”