| Friday 18th July 2008 | Issue
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THE LOOK OF THE HUNTED
and Horsham Hunts attempts to stop animal lovers filming and disrupting
their illegal fox hunting (See Schnews 637) are not going according to plan.
slimy solicitor, Timothy Lawson-Cruttenden (TLC), had booked a day in court to
get a temporary injunction to create criminal offences of trespass
on hunt land. Up to his usual tricks, he tried to get the injunction on the flimsiest
of evidence - using a shortcut procedure normally reserved for cases with no dispute
over the facts. This legal manoeuvre backfired when it was pointed out that virtually
every fact was in dispute.
Instead of granting the interim
injunction, the judge ordered a speedy trial now set for the 28th July for 4 days.
Those members of the hunt able to understand what was going on looked decidedly
uncomfortable by the end of the day when the judge ordered them to pay most of
the costs of the hearing, due to TLCs underhand delaying tactics.
monitors are determined to stop this injunction saying, We cannot let these
people get away with illegal animal abuse by buying their own private laws, just
because they are stinking rich. Just as we have not been put off by regular violent
attacks from hunt supporters, we will not be deterred by attacks to our civil
The murdering inbreds at the Countryside
Alliance have already pointed out that if this hunt succeed in banning effective
monitoring then other hunts around the country could follow suit, leaving the
foxes totally unprotected.
* Meanwhile in other hunt-related
courtroom news, one hunt monitor was acquitted of criminal damage at Lewes
magistrates. The case revolved around the cracked indicator light and bent bumper
of a hunt vehicle which had been used to block monitors in (see SchNEWS
623). The mags accepted that his behaviour in attempting to shunt the Land
Rover out of the way with his own vehicle had been reasonable.
most confusing aspect of the case was the role of PC Caroline Ross, who had been
riding with the hunt in the morning when they were observed illegally hunting.
Flashing her warrant card she ordered monitors off of private land. At about 4.30
pm, after riders had trampled two female sabs and the hunt had packed up, there
was an altercation between hunt and monitors.
then used vehicles to block in the the monitors. PC Ross was at home with her
husband - police sergeant Graham Ross. On receiving a summons via mobile phone
from the Lady Master of the hunt, the pair returned in plain clothes and in their
own car to direct police operations. Curiously, although all the hunt supporters
in court claimed to be acting on orders from the police Caroline Ross denied
having issued any such instructions. Even more strangely she denied being friends
with the Lady Master saying she wouldnt invite her round for dinner.
Unfortunately her husband rather blew that during his turn on the stand saying,
Theyre great friends they go hunting together (No worries
Graham were sure a bunch of flowersll do the trick.)
a series of 999 calls from the trapped monitors, cops at Lewes HQ were assured
that everything was in order. It took a further 50 minutes for the monitors to
be allowed to go on their way, and not before the driver had been nicked for criminal
SchNEWS always knew the police and hunt were in
it together but rarely has the conspiracy been conducted with such cack-handed
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