Gary Bradley, amateur whipper-in for the Minehead Harriers, has died following an accident out hunting.

Mr Bradley, 55, was out on Saturday, 15 January when the accident happened. He died from his injuries on Wednesday, 26 January at Frenchay Hospital in Bristol.

Joint-master Caroline Clifford was unable to tell H&H how the accident occurred, but said: “It was a tragic accident and he sadly died from his injuries. It’s a terrible shock.”

A spokesman for the South Western Ambulance Service said: “We received a call at around 1.12pm and a man was taken to Musgrove Park Hospital with head injuries.”

Mr Bradley and former Minehead Harriers huntsman William Goffe were both fined in 2007 after admitting breaching the Hunting Act on 7 February 2007 by allowing hounds to pursue a fox with mange.

An inquest is due to be opened later this week and arrangements for Mr Bradley’s funeral are to follow.

This news story was first published in the current issue of Horse & Hound (3 February, 2011)