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Hunt members found guilty of assaulting a saboteur during Great Thurlow hunt

Riders and hounds out on a hunt (7786284)
Riders and hounds out on a hunt (7786284)

Two members of the Thurlow Hunt have been convicted of offences in relation to an incident that took place during its Boxing Day hunt in 2017.

Christopher Amatt, 58, of Attleton Green, Wickhambrook and Archibald Clifton-Brown, 19, of Little Bradley, were both found guilty of their crimes after a three day trial before Suffolk Magistrates Court, held at Ipswich Crown Court.

Both pleaded not guilty to intentional hunting of a mammal with dogs, contrary to sec.1 of the Hunting Act 2004 and also to assault charges.

Amatt was found guilty of both charges, while Clifton-Brown was acquitted of the hunting charge but and found guilty of assault by beating.

Amatt was fined £150 for the hunting offence, £100 for the assault offence, and ordered to pay £600 costs and a £30 surcharge.

Clifton-Brown was fined £150 for the assault and ordered to pay £450 in costs and a £30 surcharge.

The incident had taken place in Great Thurlow on Boxing Day at around 2pm.

Police were called to reports of an incident between a hunt group containing Amatt and Clifton-Brown and a number of hunt monitors from the Buckinghamshire and Bedfordshire Hunt Saboteurs Association and the North Cambs Hunt Sabs in Trundley Wood, off Bury Road.

A red fox was reported to have been pursued by a number of hunt hounds and killed after a brief chase.

Following this Steven Milton, a member of the hunt monitors was wrestled to the ground and assaulted by Clifton-Brown. He was not injured as a result.

Officers attended and launched an investigation into an alleged hunting offence under the Hunting Act 2004, and an allegation of assault.

Amatt and Clifton-Brown were subsequently summonsed to Ipswich Magistrates’ Court in July 2018 to be charged in connection with the incident.