2 joint-masters of the Devon and Somerset Staghounds are to appear in court, charged with an offence under the Hunting Act.

David Greenwood and Rupert Andrews will appear at Taunton Magistrates Court on 11 April to face an allegation of hunting a wild mammal with dogs.

The case, which relies on evidence from the League Against Cruel Sports (LACS), relates to an alleged incident following a meet in Simonsbath on 14 September 2013.

Tim Bonner of the Countryside Alliance, said: “We are confident they were hunting within the law and that the prosecution will fail.

“The real shame is that so many hours of police and court resources will be wasted on this pointless exercise.”

This article was first published in Horse & Hound magazine (13 March 2014)