TV cook Clarissa Dickson Wright and racehorse trainer Sir Mark Prescott will appear at Scarborough Magistrates Court in August to face charges of hunting with dogs and attending a hare coursing event.

Miss Dickson Wright and Sir Mark, along with five other people, are being privately prosecuted by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) following two allegedly illegal hare coursing events in North Yorkshire in March 2008.

They deny the charges against them.

The other five defendants — including racehorse trainer Peter Easterby (79), who also denies the charges against him — are to be tried on 27 July.