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A terrierman with the Flint and Denbigh hunt in Wales has been fined £200 after pleading guilty to hunting a wild animal with a dog.

William Francis Armstrong, 69, was also ordered to pay £60 costs by Prestatyn Magistrates Court yesterday (Monday 30 July).

“Mr Armstrong hadn’t fulfilled all the technical exemptions for terrier work,” said Countryside Alliance spokesman Tim Bonner. “We would again urge everyone carrying out exempt hunting to make absolutely sure they know what they are doing.”

Charges brought against landowner Peter Rowley Williams, 48, connected with the same incident on 2 January 2007 (news, 19 July), were dropped.

This was the first case under the Hunting Act (2004) in Wales, and fifth prosecution to be brought against a hunt in England and Wales.

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