A farmer arrested for his part in an illegal campaign to save bloodsports says he was prepared to go to jail for his beliefs.
Peter Teasdale (48) from Pockley, near Kirkbymoorside is a member of a group of hunt supporters who have been painting pro- bloodsports slogans. The slogans have appeared over the last couple of months on roads and public signs.
The clean-up is estimated to be costing North Yorkshire County Council thousands of pounds.
“I know what I did was against the law, but I just feel so passionately about fox-hunting,” said Teasdale.
On 3rd October 2002 Teasdale appeared at Scarborough magistrates, but no hearing took place after Crown Prosecutors announced he was instead to receive nothing more than a caution. Teasdale had been accused of damaging six signs around Nawton and Hawnby valued at £1,971 and further signs to the value of £1,371.
He was also accused of possessing four tins of spray paint and a stencil of “Hands Off Hunting” with the intent to cause damage to property belonging to North Yorkshire County Council.
Teasdale is a member of the Sinnington Hunt.