and Somerset police say they are investigating allegations by South West
Hunt Saboteurs that they were attacked and robbed by hunt supporters. The
saboteurs claim that the incident took place on Saturday when members of
the South West hunt saboteurs were out monitoring a hunt taking place on
the Mendips at Ston Easton and Emborough.
Moon, spokesman for the Hunt Saboteurs, said they were present at the hunt
to monitor for evidence of illegal hunting and to present any such evidence
to the police.
said: "Whilst standing on a public footpath watching the hunt, the
group of eight anti-hunt protesters, made up of men and women, were approached
by five vehicles whose number plates had been obscured with mud. "Approximately
a dozen men jumped out of the vehicles and proceeded to attack the hunt
saboteurs shouting "get the cameras". People were punched in the
face and one man had his leg repeatedly stamped on.
attackers did not stop until they had stolen three video cameras and one
"Members of the anti-hunt group were left severely battered and shocked
by this un-provoked and brutal attack and robbery.
"The incident has been reported to the police who are currently making
Mr Moon added: "We are sick and tired of seeing hunts trying to
portray themselves as part of the tradition and fabric of this country.
"If our traditions include violence, intimidation and robbery then
perhaps they are.
" It is time the police showed these people that the countryside is
not their own private playground and prosecute them for the crimes they
commit against animals and people."
for Avon and Somerset police confirmed that there had been a complaint made
to them about an incident at Ston Easton on Saturday. Police had attended
the scene following the incident and had started an investigation.
spokesman added that they had been allegations of assault and theft from
several hunt observers. Police officers had not been able to collect all
the statements at the time were now in the process of taking statements
from the complainants in their own homes.