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Last Updated: Sunday, 18 January, 2004, 09:57 GMT
Protester hurt in hunt clash
A huntsman was arrested after an anti-hunt protester was hit by a horse in West Sussex.

Simon Wild, 45, was injured when hunters and protesters clashed near Shipley, during the Horsham and Crawley Hunt.

His wife Jane said he suffered leg and head injuries, including a broken nose and tooth in the incident on Saturday.

A spokesman for Sussex Police said his injuries were not life threatening.

'Stopping hunt'

He said officers were present at the demonstration and had arrested a horse rider.

The man was released later on Saturday after being questioned.

Mrs Wild claimed up to 50 horse riders went through a gate on the Shipley Road, and one of the horses struck her husband.

"They galloped up and shouted 'mind your backs'," she said.

Mr Wild, a member of West Sussex Wildlife Protection Group, was treated at Worthing Hospital.

A Countryside Alliance spokesman claimed Mr Wild had been trying to stop the hunt.

He added: "The rider had not intended to run him down. I sincerely hope there will be no further action."


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