Avon and Somerset Police yesterday confirmed that the Quantock Staghounds huntsman Richard Down and whipper-in, Martin Watts are due to appear before Taunton Deane Magistrates Court on 21/08/2018, charged with offences under the Hunting Act 2004.  

The alleged offences are said to have occurred on 22/01/2018: evidence obtained by investigators from the League Against Cruel Sports was passed to Avon & Somerset Police and the proceedings have been authorised by the Crown Prosecution Service.