HSA news release 21st January 1995
Hunt Saboteurs today effectively imposed a blanket ban on bloodsports in Essex. In a well-coordinated and sophisticated operation, nearly 100 saboteurs reduced three foxhunts and a pheasant shoot in locations across the county to a shambles, forcing all of them to pack up early in disarray.
Saboteurs hit the Essex Farmers' & Union Foxhunt meet at the Fox and Hounds, Tillingham; the Essex & Suffolk Foxhunt meet at Tendring Lodge; the Essex Foxhunt meet at Hatfield Broadoak; and a pheasant shoot at Bradwell. Saboteurs took effective action to ensure that no animals were killed at any of the locations and by 2 p.m. all the hunts and the shoot had given up: Essex was a bloodsports-free zone and saboteurs claimed victory.
HSA news release 18th January 1995
With one case of aggravated trespass against a hunt saboteur in Kent having already failed (Kent CPS dropped all criminal charges in return for a bindover), the next rash of cases are coming to court in the next few weeks. Current trial dates available are as follows:
- Thursday 19th January, Wigton Magistrates:A Cumbria saboteur is appearing before magistrates on charges of aggravated trespass.
- Friday 27th January, Hexham Magistrates: Tyneside saboteur is appearing before magistrates on charges of aggravated trespass.
- Thursday 2nd February, Maidstone Magistrates:2 Kent saboteurs are appearing before magistrates to face charges of aggravated trespass.
Other cases currently going through the courts, but with no trial date set as yet, include 5 saboteurs at Corby, 3 at Swindon, several in Essex, and 2 at Kettering. We will issue further details of trial dates as they become available.
HSA news release 12th January 1995
Kent Crown Prosecution Service demonstrated their confidence in the new Criminal Justice and Public Order Act earlier this week when they dropped charges of aggravated trespass against a hunt saboteur appearing at Maidstone magistrates court on Monday 9th January 1995.
Erica Wirrmann, a member of Ashford Hunt Saboteurs, was arrested with two other saboteurs at the Ashford Valley Foxhunt meet at Chainhurst, Kent, on 12th November 1994. She had been charged under s.69 of the new act, but when she appeared in court on Monday, pleading not guilty, Kent CPS offered to drop the criminal charge if she would agree to be bound over for 12 months in the sum of £100. As she is leaving the country next month and did not wish her departure to be delayed, she agreed to be bound over. A bindover is a civil remedy and means that Erica has not been found guilty of any criminal offence; as she will not be in the country, the bindover will make no difference to her whatsoever.
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