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Hunt Denies Claims of Illegal Fox Hunting in Escrick

Minster FM News Generic

2:26pm 3rd January 2014
(Updated 3:53pm 3rd January 2014)

Claims of illegal fox hunting in Escrick are being denied.

The Hunt Saboteurs Association claims three foxes were hunted on the Escrick Park estate last weekend.

Lee Moon, spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs Association, stated:

“Only two days after Boxing Day we see the real face of fox hunting. Boxing Day is the sanitized, media friendly press stunt that the hunting community use each year to pull the wool over the eyes of the British public. This is the grim reality of what occurs the rest of the time when the media spotlight is elsewhere. Escrick Park are a major supporter of the York and Ainsty South Hunt and are just as guilty as they allow these illegal acts to take place on their land. We call on them to ban the hunt from their estate before they become embroiled in any legal action taken against the hunt.”

But a spokesman for the York and Ainsty South Hunt has refuted the allegations and gave Minster FM this statement.

"The York and Ainsty South Hunt have recieved allegations of illegal hunting via social media such as Facebook and Twitter. We totally refute these allegations. There is no police investigation into any of the alleged incidents. We refute absolutely any transgression of the Hunting Act 2004."

In a statement on Facebook, Charles Forbes Adam, who runs the Escrick Park Estate said:

“Escrick Park is an award-winning estate which takes its responsibilities towards conservation extremely seriously. The York & Ainsty South Hunt, together with the York and Ainsty South Pony Club, enjoyed a family day out here exercising hounds within the law on December 28. The meet passed off without any problems."

“After the hunt had finished, there was an alleged incident on the estate involving a fox, which we are currently investigating. It is very important to stress that Escrick Park Estate deplores any illegal killing of animals.”

A spokesman for North Yorkshire Police said:

“We are aware of a number of incidents which took place at Escrick  Park in the Selby District on Saturday 28 December 2013.

“They include the arrest of a 33-year-old man from Sheffield and a man aged 46 from Doncaster, who were arrested on suspicion of criminal damage and assault. In a separate incident, there is also an allegation that another man was assaulted. Both of these incidents are being investigated.

“Also under investigation is a report of a badger sett on the site being disturbed.

“To confirm, no complaints have been received by North Yorkshire Police regarding interference with fox dens at Escrick Park on the same day.

“Anyone who can assist officers with their enquiries is urged to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2, and speak to the Force Control Room.

“Or, if they would prefer to remain anonymous, Crimestoppers can ban contacted on 0800 555111.”

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