Hunt in Cotswolds strayed on rail line claim

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ANIMAL rights activists have protested after a high speed train was forced to stop after colliding with a pack of foxhounds near Cirencester.

The League Against Cruel Sports said the incident happened east of the Sapperton tunnel when the driver of a First Great Western train saw the hounds and a huntsman on the line. The league said at least one hound was killed. It was not known if any were injured. The incident came almost a year to the day since hounds were killed on the same line, it said.

A spokesman for the League Against Cruel Sports described the incident as "typical of the disregard that hunts show the public".

"Quite apart from the horrific way in which at least one hound has been killed, it shows a terrific disregard for the rail-travelling public and for their safety. For a huntsman to be stood with twenty hounds next to a railway line beggars belief," the spokesman said.

The league said it was unclear which hunt was involved, and none have admitted involvement. The League called on the hunt "to own up and apologise to the public.

The incident is reported to have happened at 3.50pm on Monday, January 17. A Cheltenham to London train was cancelled, and others delayed for 20 minutes.

A statement from British Transport Police said it had a report from Network Rail staff of a fox hunt on the line. The driver of the train had reported striking at least one hound.

But when BTP officers from Bristol arrived, there was no trace of any fox hunt in the area.

There was an understanding that if hounds did stray onto a line, riders should not follow.

Members of the Vale of The White Horse Hunt, The Beaufort Hunt and The Cotswold Hunt said they had no reports of any incidents.

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12:51pm Wed 2 Feb 11

Supreme Chancellor Finis Valorum says...

Staggering disregard for the law of the land, as usual, by our landed gentry hunting aficionados.

Only last week, on the B4425 the other side of Aldsworth, I got held up by Hunt supporters stopping traffic to allow huntsmen, bedecked in dark green, to cross the road.

I’ll tell you this …. They weren’t taking part in trail/drag hunting …. Unless the fox that dashed across the road was taking part too!!
Staggering disregard for the law of the land, as usual, by our landed gentry hunting aficionados. Only last week, on the B4425 the other side of Aldsworth, I got held up by Hunt supporters stopping traffic to allow huntsmen, bedecked in dark green, to cross the road. I’ll tell you this …. They weren’t taking part in trail/drag hunting …. Unless the fox that dashed across the road was taking part too!! Supreme Chancellor Finis Valorum
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4:20pm Wed 2 Feb 11

Union Man says...

Drag Hunting, is that where the huntsmen dress in long skirts and ride side saddle as they chase the Foxes.

Is the real story stray dog run over by class 43?

What's the answer, ban trains?
Drag Hunting, is that where the huntsmen dress in long skirts and ride side saddle as they chase the Foxes. Is the real story stray dog run over by class 43? What's the answer, ban trains? Union Man
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6:06am Thu 3 Feb 11

Supreme Chancellor Finis Valorum says...

Or, heres a thought .... uphold the existing ban on any sort of hunting, prosecuting all participants, as the law of the land dictates.

Hows that?
Or, heres a thought .... uphold the existing ban on any sort of hunting, prosecuting all participants, as the law of the land dictates. Hows that? Supreme Chancellor Finis Valorum
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3:31pm Fri 4 Feb 11

Robert Jeanes says...

Should ‘they’ or anybody for that matter be banned from wearing dark green Supreme Chancellor?
Also, it’s rather a ‘hornet’s nest’ comment but …… fishing is hunting…. and entails much cruelty.
Should ‘they’ or anybody for that matter be banned from wearing dark green Supreme Chancellor? Also, it’s rather a ‘hornet’s nest’ comment but …… fishing is hunting…. and entails much cruelty. Robert Jeanes
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10:31am Sat 5 Feb 11

Olly Cromwell says...

You don't need to be Hercule Poirot to crack this little mystery - and given the seriousness of the incident the authorities need to.
You don't need to be Hercule Poirot to crack this little mystery - and given the seriousness of the incident the authorities need to. Olly Cromwell
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