10 years ago this week – Thursday, November 28, 2002

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Licensing fox hunting will chase up house prices in upland areas of north Northumberland, according to one Alnwick estate agent. Hugh Fell, from George F White, has predicted the rise would be a direct result of the Government’s new Hunting Bill which would allow hunting with dogs to continue only under strict licence. Mr Fell said: “Based upon this announcement, it is likely that hunting will be restricted to hunts such as the College Valley, the Tynedale and the West Percy. I anticipate this will result in these areas attracting people who wish to pursue what will become a rare sport and hence leads to rises in property prices.” Under the new hunting bill, announced by Rural Affairs minister Alun Michael, fox hunting can continue if it is given the go-ahead by an independent registrar on a case-by-case basis.