A huntsman has been accused of striking an animal rights activist over the head with his riding crop before spitting at another and calling him a ‘gay c***’.

Footage shows activists clashing with riders from Atherstone Hunt during a meet in Shackerstone, Leicestershire, on Saturday.

West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs claim the apparent attack was ‘completely unprovoked’ and occurred while the female activist was walking away from the rider.

Footage appears to show a nasty cut on the head, which the group claim required the woman to head to hospital for treatment.

The clip begins with two female saboteurs walking alongside riders on a footbridge while filming on their body cams.

After an initial exchange, one of the riders makes an apparent grab for the saboteur to which she shouts ‘get the f*** off me’ and he replies: ‘It’s dangerous here. Come on, be fair.’

Seconds later a loud thump is heard followed by a scream and the camera cuts to the injured woman hunched clutching her head.

The rider then says:’What? I’ve done nothing, look it’s f***ing dangerous here, you idiot.’

A second clip, shot later, shows the man sat in the cab of a lorry being recorded by two activists.

One asks ‘How do you feel about what you’ve done today?’

The hunstman spits at him and tells him to ‘f*** off’, to which the saboteurs asks: ‘Why did you just spit on me?’

The man then leans out of the cab, shouting: ‘Get that camera off me. Come on, you f***ing idiot, get it off. You f***ing gay c***.’

Leicestershire Police said a man has been arrested on suspicion of  ABH and bailed in connection with the incident.

A spokeswoman said: ‘A man has been arrested on suspicion of ABH following a report of an assault which is alleged to have happened in Derby Road, Shackerstone, on Saturday February 11.

‘He has been bailed pending further enquiries.’

Metro.co.uk has approached Atherstone Hunt for comment.

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Source: Metro