Quan­tock hunts­man cleared of il­le­gally hunt­ing deer

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Richard Down, hunts­man with the Quan­tock Staghounds, was found not guilty of hunt­ing deer with dogs at Taun­ton Mag­is­trates’ court. District judge David Tay­lor said that he was “en­tirely un­sat­is­fied that Richard Down was in­ten­tion­ally hunt­ing in breach of the Hunt­ing Act 2004 on that day”.

The pros­e­cu­tion used video ev­i­dence pre­pared by the League Against Cruel Sports which it claimed showed Mr Down in­ten­tion­ally hunt­ing a red stag. How­ever, hunt mem­ber El­iz­a­beth Gib­bons told the court that she had laid a trail for the hounds to fol­low and in the wit­ness box Mr Down said that the hounds were ri­ot­ing and that he was not in­ten­tion­ally hunt­ing deer.

Peter Glenser QC, de­fend­ing Mr Down, said: “Mr Down was aware he had mem­bers of the pub­lic and mem­bers of anti-hunt cam­paign groups watch­ing him that day. To be­have in the way the pros­e­cu­tion is say­ing would have been reck­less and ridicu­lous and to be­have in such a fla­grantly un­law­ful way does not make any sense at all.”

Ear­lier in the trial a se­cond man, Martin Watts, was re­leased after the judge ruled that there was no case to an­swer. The Game Fair is look­ing for nom­i­na­tions for its of­fi­cial char­ity for 2019. Suc­cess­ful con­cerns will need to be rel­e­vant to sup­port­ers and vis­i­tors to the Game Fair and lesser-known char­i­ties are par­tic­u­larly en­cour­aged so that their voice is heard and vi­tal funds are raised.

You can nom­i­nate your favourite char­ity at po.st/game­fair­char­ity

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