A Countryside Alliance official and Otis Ferry’s girlfriend have been arrested in the latest twist in the court action surrounding the high-profile master of foxhounds.

Francesca Nimmo, 22, was arrested by Gloucestershire Police at 7am on Friday 14 November at her Northamptonshire home.

Countryside Alliance Welsh director Adrian Simpson, 53, was arrested on Saturday at his home in Dyfed, Wales.

Police say they are both suspected of perverting the cause of justice and have been bailed until 28 January.

South Shropshire joint-master Otis Ferry is to remain in custody awaiting trial on charges of assault and robbery until his hearing on 9 March.

This article was first published in Horse & Hound (20 November, ’08)