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Final legal hunts to take place
A hunt
The ban on hunting with dogs comes into force on Friday
Kent fox hunters will hold their last hunt on Thursday before the activity becomes illegal in its present form.

The hunting ban comes into effect on Friday, after which anyone found guilty of hunting with dogs in England or Wales will face a fine of up to 5,000.

The East Kent Hunt, based in Elham, will hold its last pre-ban hunt on Thursday but has already said it plans to meet on Saturday.

But it has announced it plans to stay within the law at its weekend meeting.

On Wednesday the Countryside Alliance had its latest attempt to prove the ban was illegal rejected at the Appeal Court, leaving the ban to come into force.

The East Kent Hunt said in a statement its plans for hunting on Saturday were being kept under wraps but it was insistent it would engage only in legal activities.

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