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‘Antis’ target hunt supporters

Hunt saboteurs have published the addresses and telephone numbers of more than a hundred prominent supporters of the Countryside Alliance with an apparent invocation that protesters "target" them where they live.

The list, which includes the Duke of Beaufort and the Marquess of Zetland, as well as dozens of ordinary hunt supporters - many of them women - has been published by an extreme anti-hunting organisation calling itself the Urban Alliance.

On its website, the group states that it has chosen to name only "the more prominent" supporters of fox hunting, but warns that the list is not exhaustive and that others could be published soon. It goes on to urge anti-hunt activists to break the law, saying the alliance is "committed to encouraging [actions] on their property".

Although the group is vague about what the protests should entail, it does not rule out vandalism or violence, saying: "These toffy nose b*****ds deserve everything that's coming to them."

One message of solidarity published on the website, urges saboteurs to "hunt them down and give them a piece of their own medicine". Another states: "The only good hunter is a DEAD one."

In an open letter to other anti-hunting and anarchist groups, the little known Urban Alliance urges them to drop their political differences in order to unite in their fight against fox hunting.

In particular, it alludes to a campaign of disruptive action to coincide with the Countryside Alliance's march in London on September 22nd.

The Urban Alliance also publishes a list of 10 "infamous hunters", among them the Prince of Wales, Prince William, Camilla Parker Bowles, the Duke of Westminster and the television chef Clarissa Dickson Wright. "It's very well known where they live," it states, "the problem is catching them in at one of their mansions."

Loose coalition

Scotland Yard said last week that it was aware of the website and had been monitoring its contents.

The Countryside Alliance said it had been aware of the existence of the Urban Alliance for about a year, describing it as a loose coalition of various animal welfare and anarchist groups such as the Movement Against the Monarchy. However, it said that publication of names and addresses, which appeared on the website in the past few days, marked a "sinister" escalation in its activities.

A spokesman for the Countryside Alliance said it was thought the hunt saboteurs planned to attack the homes of 10 of those named on the list on Sept 22, although it does not know which 10. "We are currently trying to notify all those on the list - and other supporters - about the possible danger, so they can take extra precautions.

"The Urban Alliance is small but serious," he said, adding that those planning to attend the London march should ask neighbours to "keep an eye on their property".

Mark Hill, master of fox hounds at the Vale of White Horse hunt, is named on the website. He said the scale of the list was unprecedented. "We're constantly warned and made aware that there are hooligans on the other side, and try to take appropriate precautions." Members of his hunt would stay behind on Sept 22 to guard the kennels.

Mr Hill admitted that publication of home addresses was "disconcerting", especially for those with young families. However he insisted that hunt supporters would not be cowed. "If we go down the ex-directory route, we're losing. We can't hide. We want to show people we are totally open."