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Police probe hunt monitor assault
Still of Kevin Hill from IFAW video
Kevin Hill was monitoring the welfare of a stag
Police in Devon have confirmed that a criminal investigation is under way after a hunt monitor alleged he was assaulted by a hunt supporter.

Kevin Hill, 55, says he was attacked while he observed the hunt for the International Fund for Animal Welfare.

The joint master of the Devon and Somerset Staghounds Tom Yandle said he welcomed any police inquiry into the incident on Exmoor on Thursday.

He said he did not believe the perpetrator was a member of the hunt.

Hospital treatment

Mr Hill was monitoring the welfare of a stag during a hunt on Thursday when he was attacked.

He required hospital treatment for his injuries.

Mr Hill says the attack was carried out by someone who was following the meet on foot.

He said: "I was pushed down behind a vehicle.

"I was punched and kicked and in the end I really didn't know how far this chap was going to go."

Mr Yandle says the hunt does not condone violence.

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