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Last Updated: Saturday, 19 February, 2005, 09:11 GMT
Region's hunts ready to go ahead
Hunt with hounds
Hunt masters will work within the confines of the new law
Hunts across Yorkshire are preparing to ride out on Saturday - the day after the hunting ban came into force.

The Countryside Alliance has issued guidance to hunts on how they can still meet and hunt legally.

The group is expecting large numbers of supporters to attend meets by the Holderness, York and Ainsty South and Pendle Forest and Craven hunts.

Police in the region said they would be monitoring hunts to ensure they acted within the law.

If any intelligence is received that a hunt is not complying with the law the [alleged] offence will be investigated
Humberside Police spokeswoman

Although hunting with dogs is now a criminal offence, exercising hounds, chasing a scent trail, and flushing out foxes to be shot are still legal.

A Countryside Alliance spokesman told BBC News: "Hunting will be continuing in Yorkshire.

"We looked at the act very closely and have identified ways that hunts will be able to carry on their traditions.

"They will continue to uphold the service to the countryside in terms of vermin and pest control."

Police warning

Regional directors from the group had been speaking to senior police officers to explain the ways in which they would operate within the law, he added.

A spokeswoman for Humberside Police, which covers the area of the Holderness Hunt, said they had discussed concerns with groups on both sides of the issue.

"We have been liaising with hunt masters and they have said they are not going to commit illegal hunts," she said.

"If any intelligence is received that a hunt is not complying with the law the [alleged] offence will be investigated."


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