Northumberland foxhunting trial starts next week

News from the courts.
News from the courts.

Three members of the College Valley and North Northumberland Hunt are due to face trial at Berwick Magistrates’ Court on Monday and Tuesday next week charged with illegally hunting a fox.

Joint Master Timothy Wyndham Basil Smalley, Huntsman Ian Robert McKie and Kennel Huntsman Andrew John Proe are each charged with hunting a wild mammal with dogs, contrary to Section 1 of the Hunting Act 2004.

The case is based on evidence supplied by the League Against Cruel Sports and further investigations carried out by Northumbria Police, in relation to an incident alleged to have taken place during an advertised hunt meet at West Kyloe Farm, near Lowick, on February 27 this year.

All three defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges at an earlier hearing.