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Court hears denial of fox-hunting

The first professional huntsman to be prosecuted by police for hunting a fox has denied all charges against him.

Julian Barnfield, 44, of the Heythrop Hunt, which covers Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire, faces three counts of hunting a wild mammal with dogs.

Mr Barnfield, who lives in Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, was charged under the Hunting Act 2004.

He did not appear before Cheltenham Magistrates' Court but his counsel entered not guilty pleas on all counts.

The case was adjourned until 3 November, when a pre-trial review will take place at Cheltenham Magistrates' Court.

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