Cotswold police called to reports of three illegal fox hunts

Officers were deployed in the air and on the ground on three separate occasions yesterday following reports of of illegal fox hunting in the Cotswolds.

Officers were on the ground to search the Cotswold countryside for illegal activity, while colleagues from the National Police Air Service (NPAS) kept watch from the sky.

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard:

Simon Ellson, Inspector for the Cotswolds, said: “As a part of our on-going commitment to policing the rural communities officers attended the Beaufort hunt at around 10am along with the National Police Air Service to monitor activities.

“Words of advice were given and some of the hunt dispersed and no arrests were made.”

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard:

Officers were then deployed a second time, following further reports of illegal hunting in the Mid Cotswolds area.

Cotswolds Police said in a tweet: “Report number two of illegal hunting.

“This time Mid Cotswolds area and a different hunt. A hefty police response again.”

A busy day of police action continued when officers were deployed following a third report of illegal hunting, this time on the North Cotswold/Warwickshire border.

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard:

Inspector Ellson added: “We attended reports of three hunts in the district today to monitor and provide reassurance to the public and no arrests were made.”

Police say no evidence of illegality was found.

However, they revealed a video by a member of the public has been sent in, alleging an offence under the hunting act.

A spokesman for Gloucestershire Constabulary’s rural crime team said: “We still need to review that video. If an offence is clear on the footage, then an investigation will commence.”

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