Police probe hunt viewers’ injury claims near Pewsey
By Nigel Kerton
are investigating after two hunt monitors claim they were mown down by a
Tedworth Hunt employee at Stowell, near Pewsey, on Saturday. The two men,
one from near Pewsey and the other from near Marlborough, said they were
on a public road at Stowell where the Tedworth had its opening meet when
a hunt worker deliberately drove at them on a quad bike. The Gazette was
able to contact one of the two men, who lives near Pewsey, who was prepared
to speak as long as his identity was not revealed. He described himself
as a hunt monitor and said he and his friend had a video camera to record
any illegal activity by the hunt. He said the hunt had only just moved off
and they were standing at the side of their Land Rover on a narrow lane
at Castle Barn.
were watching the hunt from our Land Rover and two of us were stood at the
side of it and the road was only wide enough for one vehicle,” he
quad bike with a wooden terrier box on the back came towards us and the
driver revved it up and rode straight at us shouting: ‘Get out the
f-----g way’. The box on the back of the quad dragged me and the other
chap along the side of the Land Rover and he fell down and the quad drove
over his arm.”
Saboteurs Association spokesman said the two men received cuts and bruising.
The hunt asked the Countryside Alliance, the group that represents country
sports, to speak on its behalf and its Wessex director Delly Everard said
she was unable to discuss Saturday’s events because it was in the
hands of the police. She
said: “It is entirely a matter for the police but we would say that
the Tedworth was definitely hunting within the law. “This
sort of issue is never about animal welfare and always about prejudice.
This is an example of the terrorism that hunt supporters are continuing
spokesman confirmed there had been a complaint from the monitors and it
was being investigated.