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Hunting conviction is challenged
PA file photo of Quantock Staghounds leader Richard Down (left), and whipper-in Adrian Pillivan. arrive at an earlier hearing
Down (l) and Pillivant (r) deny contravening the Hunting Act
Two men who illegally hunted deer with hounds are appealing against their convictions.

Richard Down, 44, and Adrian Pillivant, 36, of the Quantock Staghounds were convicted and fined in June at Bristol Magistrates' Court.

Anti-hunt campaigners filmed two hounds chasing deer on Exmoor. The League Against Cruel Sports (LACS) said the deer were chased for more than an hour.

On Tuesday, the pair appeared at their appeal at Taunton Crown Court.

They have always denied contravening the Hunting Act.

The case is expected to last three days.

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