Anti-fox hunt protester attacked at Atherstone Hunt meet

Blood on the Atherstone Hunt's protester’s face

Blood on the Atherstone Hunt’s protester’s face

A Bedworth woman is wanted by police after she was caught on video assaulting an anti-fox hunt protester.

Laura Caines, 33, from King Street, was found guilty on two counts of assault by beating after the bust-up during an Atherstone Hunt meet on February 28.

Caines was found guilty at Loughborough Magistrates Court on Monday after she failed to turn up for the hearing and issued no defence. A warrant has now been issued for her arrest and she will be sentenced at a later date.

The attack occurred just inside the Warwickshire border, near to Whittingham Farm in the north of the county, about two miles from Atherstone.

A video which shows the incident has been posted online by West Midlands Saboteurs and shows Caines grappling with a female protester in an apparent attempt to stop her filming the hunt.

Caines grabs the woman in a headlock before hitting her on the back of the head. Still images shown later in the footage appear to show blood on the protester’s face.

Members of the West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs group were filming members of the Atherstone Hunt shortly before the attack and captured footage of hounds chasing a fox into nearby bushes.

When contacted by the Telegraph, a spokesman for Atherstone Hunt said that Caines was “not known to the hunt” and that they would not comment on the incident or the court’s ruling.

A spokesman for West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs said: “We are pleased with the outcome as the evidence shows numerous assaults.”

In September, sickening footage emerged which showed an Atherstone Hunt steward simulating a sex act with the body of a dead goose.

Last month, the Telegraph revealed police were investigating after footage surfaced which appeared to show a fox being killed during one of Atherstone Hunt’s meets.

Source : Coventry Telegraph

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