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Last Updated: Thursday, 25 August 2005, 10:15 GMT 11:15 UK
Hunt master facing meet charges
A hunt master is due in court to face a string of offences including assault of a police officer after trouble flared at a meet earlier this year.

Douglas Hill, 62, joint master of Essex and Farmers Union Hunt, is also charged with criminal damage.

He is due to appear at Chelmsford Magistrates' Court on Thursday.

Essex Police said Mr Hill, who lives near Chelmsford, was arrested at a hunt meeting on 12 March with a man from London who now faces no charges.

Mr Hill faces public order offences in connection with the hunt meet.

A police spokeswoman said: "The hunt took place at Runsell Green near Danbury, near Chelmsford, in March and involved approximately 20 horse riders, 50 hunt supporters and 40 anti-hunt protesters.

"A man from Essex was arrested on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm.

"The 62-year-old man, from Church Road in West Hanningfield, near Chelmsford, was charged with a variety of public order offences as well as assaulting a police officer and criminal damage."

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