|Hunt members questioned by police
Derbyshire Police have questioned two members of a hunt for allegedly illegal fox hunting.
The League Against Cruel Sports provided a video footage to the police which allegedly shows members of the Meynell and South Staffordshire Hunt involved in 'cub hunting'. This is an illegal practice where hounds are trained to hunt foxes.
Secret filming of the hunt was reported on Radio 4's PM programme, with reporter Andrew Bomford watching on as the hunt came into a forest and allegedly tried to scare foxes out into the open in order to train the hounds.
In a statement, issued via the Countryside Alliance, the hunt said, 'We can confirm that the Meynell and South Staffordshire Hunt are assisting the police with their enquiries following an allegation of illegal hunting but are unable to comment further while the investigation continues.'
The only successful prosecution for 'cub hunting' was against two members of the Meynell and South Staffordshire Hunt seven years ago. They were both fined.
Most hunts say they only engage in trail hunting and that if hounds do pick up the scent of a real fox they will stop the hounds.
Police have said they intend to question more people in January.