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Friday, 22 August 2014

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Cumbria police investigate alleged incidents at legal drag hunt

CUMBRIA police are appealing for information about a number of alleged incidents at a legal drag hunt.

Police from the Eden Neighbourhood Policing Team are investigating alleged incidents at the event in the area of Grisedale Beck on Saturday March 15.

A legal drag hunt involves the laying of a scent, usually animal based (fox urine) prior to the hounds being released. The hounds then ‘hunt’ the scent and provide an activity for supporters to follow.

Officers were present in the area to monitor the event and the activity surrounding it.

Police said around 15 masked ‘hunt monitors’, were there to protest against the event. The force said these people clashed verbally with those there to watch the drag hunt. More officers were deployed as tensions between the two parties increased.

The force has received a number of allegations and they are appealing for information and investigating.

Police said hey received an allegation that a fox had been killed during the legal drag hunt. A number of other people were identified as being in the area at the same time, however when police spoke to them they advised they did not witness this and did not provide any information.

Police are investigating an allegation of assault when one of the ‘hunt monitors’ reported to police that he had been assaulted by a supporter. Police said there were injuries.

There is also an allegation of a road traffic collision between a vehicle and a pedestrian at Grassthwaite Howe. Police Officers spoke to a number of people who were in the area, however no-one saw the incident or had any information.

Sergeant John Chambers said: “We will investigate any allegations, from all parties, however in order to do this we need cooperation from the public and for them to give us information about what they have seen. We also understand there maybe video footage of criminal activity and we would appreciate those with footage to share it with us to help with our investigations.”

Anyone with any information into any of the allegations are asked to contact Police on 101 and ask to speak to an officer from the Eden Neighbourhood Policing Team.

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