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Last Updated: Friday, 11 February, 2005, 18:20 GMT
No arrests at start of hunt ban
Hounds at Cuxham, Oxfordshire
Police have consulted both the pro and anti-hunting lobby
People suspected of fox hunting on the first weekend of the ban will not be arrested, Kent Police have said.

The hunting ban comes into effect on 18 February and anyone found guilty of intending to hunt will face a fine of up to 5,000.

But officers said they will not make arrests on the day, instead warning offenders they are breaking the law.

Police said evidence would still be gathered and repeat offenders would be arrested at a later date.

No Trouble

A spokesman stressed the force had discussed the situation with both the pro and anti-hunting lobby.

Kent Police added they did not expect any trouble on the first weekend.

In November 2004, the Commons voted by 321 to 204 to reject a deal that could have allowed regulated hunting of foxes to continue.

Then in January 2005, the Countryside Alliance lost its High Court bid to overturn the ban, but was granted leave to appeal.

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