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Published on Jul 9, 2015
HUNT SABS DISBELIEF AT CPS DECISION TO DROP HUNT CHARGES
East Kent Hunt Saboteurs Association express concern over the CPS and its decision to drop hunting charges on the East Kent and West Street Hunt.
On the 8th June 2015, five people associated with the East Kent and West Street Hunt attended Folkstone magistrates court charge with hunting offences.
A date for a court hearing was set for mid July, however we have now heard that the case against them has been dropped due to lack of evidence to secure a conviction.
The hunters were accused of illegally hunting on two separate occasions, the 8th of November and 23rd December 2014 on the Romney Marsh. Video footage of the two offences and an incident on 13th September where the same hunt appears to dig out a live Fox and take it away on a quad bike was also presented to the CPS.
A spokesperson for the East Kent Hunt Saboteurs said " It is unbelievable that the CPS believe that there was insufficient evidence, the video footage speaks for its self."
The video evidence was also to be backed up by the testimony of a local Hunt Saboteur/ Hunt Monitor and evidence taken from two pro hunt websites.
"How often does a prosecution case have video evidence of an offence, someone with twenty two years of hunt experience ready to testify, not to mention two websites implicating many of the accused at the scene of the crime. How much evidence do they need? A signed confession!?""
The police clearly thought there was a case to answer as did the CPS; charges would not have been brought against them and the case would not have been allowed to proceed to court if the case was weak.
This is not the first time that this hunt has been accused of illegal hunting but it is the first time its supporters have been charged and appeared in court for hunting offence.
The East Kent Hunt Saboteurs attend this hunt regularly to monitor and sabotage its activities and will continue to do so in the future.
The decision by the CPS highlights the need for none violent direct action even more, if the institutions of justice fail to act in a fair manner people will take direct action to see justice is done.