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#1 Old 11-17-2009, 11:14 AM
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HSA News Release 15th November 2009

They Call Us Violent!

On Saturday 14th November, members of Yorkshire Hunt Saboteurs were monitoring

the opening meet of the Rockwood Harriers Hunt, just South of Emley, Huddersfield.

Most of the group were following the hunt to ensure they weren't illegally

hunting. The driver and a passenger were in the sab van, which was parked by

the side of the road. Suddenly four 4x4 vehicles drove at speed toward the

van. They parked in such a way that the van couldn't move and two men wearing

masks and carrying hammers ran toward the van. They smashed the windscreen and

both rear windows and slashed one of the tyres before returning to their

vehicles and racing away. Other members of the group, in another vehicle, soon

arrived at the scene to find the two occupants of the vehicles shaken up and

upset by what had happened. They were just about to call the police when they

arrived on the scene. The police had been called by the hunt complaining that

anti-hunt protestors were in the area.

The sabs were amazed by what happened next. Instead of dealing with the obvious

case of criminal damage by the hunt, evidenced by the smashed up van right in

front of them, the police proceeded to harass and illegally detain the group

for the next 3 hours, searching people and vehicles and only finally allowing

them to leave when the hunt had packed up for the day. At no point did they

enquire as to the welfare of the two people who had been in the van during the

attack and they were completely disinterested in the attack itself. They even

refused to act when the perpetrators of the attack drove past laughing. During

the afternoon there were over twelve police officers and four vehicles present.

Members of Yorkshire Hunt Saboteurs have contacted solicitors to see what

further action they can take against the police and the hunt, and have

initiated complaints against West Yorkshire Police.

Lee Moon, spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs Association stated: "Hunt

saboteurs are sadly aware of how biased the police are where hunting is

concerned, almost always taking the side of illegal hunters. Sometimes however

their behaviour is so poor and unprofessional that it surprises even us. West

Yorkshire police should be ashamed of how they have behaved and we feel sure

the people of the area would be disgusted if they knew that their taxes were

being spent on protecting violent, pro-hunt criminals."

North West Hunt Saboteurs Association

PO Box 239


M14 7XB
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