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Barnstaple pair to appear in court after being charged with hunting offences

By NDJFran  |  Posted: March 04, 2014

A pair of joint masters of the Devon and Somerset Staghounds from Barnstaple have been charged with hunting offences.

David Greenwood and Rupert Andrews have been charged under the Section 1 Hunting Act and are due to appear before Taunton Magistrates Court on April 11.

It relates to an alleged incident at a hunt meet at Warren’s Farm in Simonsbath on September 14, 2013.

The pair are charged separately with hunting a wild mammal with a dog when that hunting was not of a class exempted by schedule 1 of the Hunting Act 2004, contrary to sections one and six.

A report was made to Avon and Somerset Police by the League Against Cruel Sports following an investigation.

A previous case was brought against three members of the Devon and Somerset Staghounds for illegal hunting in 2006 but was dropped by the CPS in 2009.

It marked the first case in which police brought about a criminal prosecution against huntsmen for breaching the Hunting Act.

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