Hunt Trial: Day 3

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MORE hunt monitors gave evidence today, in a case where four people are accused of illegal foxhunting.

Henry James Hawksfield, 59, of Bines Road, Partridge Green, Rachael Holdsworth of Rock Road, Washington, Neill Millard, 45, of Dragons Lane, Shipley, and Andrew Phillis, 50, of Halwell, Totnes, Devon, have pleaded not guilty to charges brought under the Hunting Act 2004.

Today hunt monitor Terry Hill was called to give evidence.

He described following hounds and Crawley and Horsham Hunt members into a copse, then seeing a disemboweled fox being picked up and then taken away by huntsman Phillis.

He said that he believed hunt riders had been urging the hounds to chase after foxes.

David Perry QC, representing the hunt members, challenged this evidence and said Mr Hill was misinterpreting the cries and horn signals which hunt riders and followers use to direct hounds.

All four defendants deny any wrongdoing.

The case continues.