The Kent and East Sussex Minkhounds met on Sunday at Puddledock , Kent.
Croydon hunt sabs were alerted to the hunt by a member of the public and one member was able to attend. On arriving they could hear holloas coming from the area of the fishing lakes and went into the field with their video camera. Several hunt supporters approached him and he called 999 to report illegal hunting. A woman who claimed to be the landowner hit the sab with her stick while he was speaking to the police and also stated that they were flushing mink. When the sab pointed out that this was illegal, another hunt supporter tried to deny she had said it! The Huntsman immediately gathered the hounds and headed back to their vehicles.
When Kent Police eventually arrived they talked to the hunt before approach the sab who had reported the crimes, refusing to arrest the woman for assault because she was 'too old' they also refused to investigate the allegation of illegal hunting. They also threatened to arrest the sab for breach of the peace if he went back into the field.
Undeterred, the sab followed the Huntsman and then watched from a safe distance as the hounds were boxed up and driven away.
Lee Moon, press officer of the Hunt Saboteurs Association, commented: "It is common for the Police to take the side of hunters, but to blatantly disregard the reporting of two crimes, and then threaten arrest takes their bias to a new level. The public in Kent should be asking why their police force is supporting hunting criminals."
Please contact Kent police and ask them why they are refusing to deal with reported wildlife crimes and assaults: