A POLICE inspector was taken to hospital with serious injuries yesterday after being beaten by hunt supporters.
Police said Roy Apps, a policeman for 14 years, was surrounded by a group of people who attacked him, near the village of Halland, East Sussex. Insp Apps, who was in charge of at least 12 officers trying to keep the peace at the end-of-season Southdown and Eridge Hunt, suffered multiple rib and arm injuries and was taken to the Princess Royal Hospital, in Haywards Heath.
The attack happened after a group of saboteurs arrived to disrupt the hunt near the Bentley Wildfowl Trust. Clashes between saboteurs and supporters broke out when the fox went to ground.
A police spokesman said that Inspector Apps was trying to break up a fight when he was attacked. He was in uniform and police say he could not have been mistaken for a civilian.”