A kennel huntsman who hit the League Against Cruel Sports (LACS) head of operations with the stock of his whip has been given a conditional discharge by a Somerset court.

David Bevan, of the West Somerset Vale, appeared at Taunton Magistrates Court on Tuesday 6 September.

He pleaded guilty to assaulting LACS employee Paul Tillsley on 29 March.

Mr Tillsley had been filming the hunt on a bridleway at Woodlands Hill when Mr Bevan struck him on the head and arm.

Mr Bevan was given a one-year conditional discharge and ordered to pay £150 compensation and £85 costs.

This news story was first published in the current issue of Horse & Hound (15 September, 2011)