THAMES Valley Police has agreed to a meeting with the Masters of Foxhounds Association (MFHA) on Friday, 24 April.

In a statement to H&H, Thames Valley said: “As was always his intention, Supt Graham Bell has arranged to meet Alastair Jackson [MFHA director] to debrief any issues that could inform the policing strategy for the next hunting season.”

A spokesman said the force was “co-operating fully” with Warwickshire Police and the Civil Aviation Authority following the death of Trevor Morse at Long Marston Airfield on 9 March. He added that it would be “unwise to comment further” as the investigation continues.

Mr Jackson said: “We will address the concerns we have involving the police’s relationship with several animal rights organisations and subsequent attitude towards lawful hunting.”

This news story was first published in Horse & Hound (2 April, ’09)