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Monday, 22 September 2014

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Cumbria police probe disorder at legal drag hunt

Claims that a fox was killed and a hunt monitor assaulted at a legal drag hunt are being investigated by police.

Officers have appealed for information about various incidents said to have taken place on Saturday in the Grisedale Beck area of the Eden valley.

Extra police had to be deployed to ease tensions between the hunt supporters and about 15 monitors who had turned up to protest at the event.

Police say the objectors "clashed verbally" with those who were there to watch the hunt.

The force says it has been told that:

  • a fox was killed during the hunt. "A number of other people were identified as being in the area at the same time, however when police spoke to them they advised they did not witness this and did not provide any information," said a force spokesman.
  • a ‘hunt monitor’ was assaulted by a supporter. The victim received no injuries.
  • there was a collision between a vehicle and a pedestrian at Grassthwaite How. "Police officers spoke to a number of people who were in the area, however no-one saw the incident or had any information," added the spokesman.

Sergeant John Chambers said they would investigate allegations from all parties.

"However, in order to do this we need cooperation from the public and for them to give us information about what they have seen.

"We also understand there may be video footage of criminal activity and we would appreciate those with footage to share it with us to help with our investigations.”

Anyone with information should call police on 101 and speak to an officer from the Eden Neighbourhood Policing Team.

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