FItzwIl­lIAm Hunt pAIr to stAnD trIAl

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News - By StEpHEn BriGGs stephen.briggs@pe­ter­bor­oughto­ Twit­ter: @PTstephenB

Two men have ap­peared in court charged with hunt­ing of­fences af­ter foxes were killed dur­ing the Fitzwil­liam Hunt. Ge­orge Adams (65) and John Mease (44) ap­peared at Peter­bor­oughMag­is­trates’Cour­ton Wed­nes­day.

Both men are charged with hunt­ing a fox with dogs on New Years’ Day this year, while Measeal­so­face­sacount of caus­ing un­nec­es­sary suf­fer­ing to a fox, when a golden ea­gle killed the an­i­mal in Novem­ber 2013.

Both men pleaded not guilty to the charges, and will stand trial later this year.

Sam Woo­ley, prose­cut­ing, told the court: “These are two sep­a­rate of­fences.

“The first of­fence took placeonJan­uary1,2016, when the de­fen­dants were with the Fitzwil­liam Hunt.

“It is said that the hunt used hounds to kill a fox. It is said the hounds were not called of­fquickly enough, and they killed the fox.

“The sec­ond of­fence re­lates to the use of a golden ea­gle by Mease. It is said the ea­gle killed the fox in an in- hu­mane way.”

The court was told there would be two tri­als cov­er­ing the mat­ter - one for each of­fence. The­trial in­volv­ing both men will take place at Peter­bor­ough Mag­is­trates’ Court on Mon­day, De­cem­ber 5.

The trial only in­volv­ing Mease will take place at the same court on Thurs­day, De­cem­ber 8.

Both men were granted bail un­til the trial.

John Mease (left) and Ge­orge Adams (right)

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