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Fox death investigated by police
An investigation is under way after a pack of hounds killed a fox in a private garden in Dorset.

A resident tried to beat back the hounds, which trampled through several gardens before cornering a fox against a fence in Sturminster Newton.

Police said that at the time they fielded "a number of calls" from people concerned about the activities of a hunt in the area.

Dorset Police would not reveal the hunt involved for operational reasons.

Pc Paul Hollick said "alarmed" homeowners reported a number of hunting hounds chasing a fox through private gardens on the afternoon of 20 February.

Information appeal

"We've been speaking with residents and some have reported that domestic rabbits and cats were also attacked by the hounds," said Pc Hollick.

"Fox hunting is a very emotive issue and opinions are greatly divided in the local community.

"That's why it's important that I hear from anyone else with any other information that will help my investigation into what happened on that day."

Pc Hollick said it was not yet apparent if any offences had been committed.

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