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(Updated 28/02/01)

No compensation for injured hunt saboteur

A HUNT SABOTEUR who was injured after he attacked a hunt supporter was told by the House of Lords that he did not qualify for any compensation as a result of his injuries.

The Law Lords backed a Court of Appeal ruling that Harry Cross, 47, who suffered brain damage and epilepsy after a hunt supporter he attacked retaliated, was not entitled to compensation, as he had initiated a criminal act.

Cross had initially been awarded £52,000 by the High Court for his injuries, but the Court of Appeal ruled that he was entitled to nothing as his injuries stemmed from an illegal action.

The decision was upheld last week when Law Lords Bingham, Clyde and Hobhouse gave the reasons for their decisions. Cross, of Wissett, Suffolk, was refused leave to appeal.