A case against Ledbury huntsman Will Goffe was dropped on 7 November due to lack of evidence.

The prosecution brought by the RSPCA was based on evidence collected in March 2013 by the League Against Cruel Sports. This is the fourth failed RSPCA hunt prosecution this year.

“The taxpayer will pick up the bill for this farce and, despite clear warnings having already been given to the Government, there remains absolutely no process by which it can control or regulate this behaviour,” said Tim Bonner from the Countryside Alliance.

“The RSPCA is abusing the criminal justice system.”

This news story was first published in Horse & Hound magazine (14 November 2013)