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Last Updated: Tuesday, 25 September 2007, 14:13 GMT 15:13 UK
TV chef facing hare hunt charges
Leading trainer Sir Mark Prescott and celebrity chef Clarissa Dickson Wright
The pair are accused of hunting hares with dogs at two events
Racehorse trainer Sir Mark Prescott and celebrity chef Clarissa Dickson Wright are to face charges relating to alleged hare coursing.

Officials at Scarborough Magistrates' Court confirmed the pair were facing a private prosecution by the International Fund for Animal Welfare.

Mr Prescott and Ms Dickson Wright are due to appear at the court in November.

They both face allegations of hunting hares with dogs at two events near Malton, North Yorkshire, in March.

One was at the village of Nunnington and the other at nearby Amotherby.

They also face charges of attending these events.

Mr Prescott, 59, is a prolific trainer of winners from his Newmarket yard, while Ms Dickson Wright, 60, is a former barrister who shot to fame on the BBC food show Two Fat Ladies.

Hare coursing was outlawed at the same time as fox hunting with hounds.


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