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Pair in court on hunting charges
Two men from a Devon and Somerset hunt have appeared in court charged with illegally hunting with dogs.

Maurice Scott, 63, master of the Devon and Somerset Staghounds and Peter Heard, 23, a hunt servant, are both accused of breaching the hunting act.

The alleged breaches are said to have taken place at Higher Broford near Dulverton, Exmoor, on 25 April.

Taunton magistrates adjourned the case to the same court on 2 November. Both men are on bail.

Police action

The men have been told they did not need to attend the next hearing.

Mr Scott, from Brendon Hill Farm in Watchet, is charged with two counts of hunting a wild mammal with dogs.

Mr Heard, from the hunt stables in Exford, is charged with one count.

The case is the first time a police force has brought a criminal prosecution against huntsmen for allegedly breaching the Act.

Previous prosecutions have been brought by the League Against Cruel Sports.

The League Against Cruel Sports has praised Avon and Somerset Police for bringing the prosecution.

But speaking after Thursday's hearing, the Countryside Alliance said the case was "a waste of resources".

Two accused of breaching hunt law
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