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A video of Grove and Rufford Hunt allegedly shows riders and hounds on a railway line




Police are investigating after a video was captured showing a hunt and hounds on an active railway.

A video captured by Sheffield Hunt Saboteurs is reported to be of members of the Grove and Rufford Hunt riding down an active railway line at Westbrecks crossing, near Retford, on January 4.

A spokesman for Sheffield Hunt Saboteurs alleged members of the group experienced aggressive behaviour from hunt followers and staff, claiming that the huntsmen attempted to damage their vehicle and ride them down with horses, as well as preventing them from filming the incident.

The spokesman said: "Later in the day, we filmed the huntsman riding his horse down the railway line and encouraging the hounds to follow him and hunt the undergrowth on the side of the railway line.

"This kind of dense undergrowth provides an ideal daytime resting spot for a fox, which hounds are bred to chase through generations.

"After the footage was posted online, pro-hunt supporters claimed the hunt had permission to be on the line and that we were lying. Network Rail's subsequent investigation has proved this is not the case.

"We hope the hunt will face penalties."

They also claimed that they saw vehicles carrying terriers, traditionally used to trap foxes.

British Transport Police confirmed that officers are aware of the incident and are currently investigating.

The Grove and Rufford Hunt have been approached for comment.

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