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Hunt's court action is adjourned

Crawley and Horsham Hunt
The hunt is seeking an injunction to ban monitors entering private land

A hearing on a hunt's High Court bid to stop animal activists entering acres of Sussex land has been adjourned.

Crawley and Horsham Hunt had been hoping to obtain an injunction to ban hunt monitors from the land before the season started on 1 November.

Mr Justice King adjourned the case pending a "case management conference" within five or six weeks. The hearing will then resume at a later date.

Hunt monitors have denied the hunt's allegations of harassment.

The defendants, West Sussex Wildlife Protection Group and Simon and Jaine Wilde, of Bognor Regis, have also said that even if they were guilty of harassment it would be justified because their actions were carried out in order to prevent a crime.

They claim the hunt has repeatedly breached the ban on hunting with dogs under the Hunting Act.

The Crawley and Horsham Hunt says it has been operating within the law since the ban came into force and it is seeking an injunction to ban hunt monitors entering 100,000 acres of private estate and farmland.


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