A huntsman has been left with two fractured teeth and concussion following a clash between hunt saboteurs and members of the Tedworth Hunt on Saturday (24 January).

Joint-master and huntsman Mike Lane (not pictured), who suffered severe concussion, claims he was kicked in the head by saboteurs when hounds were boxing up at the end of the day near Everley in Wiltshire.

There were reportedly around six hunt saboteurs present at the time of the incident. Anti-hunt protestors wearing balaclavas and face masks, in two vehicles that have been reported to be associated with Bristol and Southampton hunt saboteur groups, had been present all day. One saboteur allegedly spat at Mr Lane and it is reported that they had attempted to pull him from his horse earlier in the day when the huntsman requested that the saboteurs refrained from spraying the hounds with an unknown liquid substance.

During the incident, where hunt supporters requested the saboteurs leave the property because hounds were going home, Mr Lane slipped over and was kicked while laying on the ground. He was knocked unconscious and an ambulance was called. He was treated at a local hospital.

“We were legally trail-hunting and the saboteurs had been following us all day,” a hunt spokesman said.

“At the end of the day, there was an incident where our huntsman fell to the ground and was kicked in the head and as a result he is suffering from concussion and will be unable to hunt hounds this week.

“We believe they were carrying metal bars attached to ropes and chains.”

A passing member of the public with no connection to the hunt is understood to have recorded the incident on a mobile phone camera and a police investigation is ongoing.

The hunt regularly experiences attention from anti-hunt protestors, however, the spokesman for the hunt added: “There was a definite feeling of an increased level of hostility towards us and the behaviour was more threatening than usual. We hope the police will be able to find those responsible for this injury.”

  • Content Generating Machine.

    Can someone explain to me the history behind this? (Forgive me, I’m American and do not know much about it.
    (Except for when Hazel Bellamy’s horse bolted during a hunt on Upstairs, Downstairs)

  • Nick Harvey

    Interesting that in all discussions of this, when the fact that it was a drag hunt is brought up, the antis go all quiet…..

  • terrier78

    I suppose they don’t call hounds on to roads either…

  • Ed Seyfried

    And your point is?

  • Bonney88

    Harmless? I would not tolerate anyone spraying anything on a pet of mine or my horse. These people are terrorists and should be prosecuted as such.

  • Bonney88

    It was a drag hunt. There was no live animal being hunted.

  • Cal

    Earth to Rob… once you’ve found your way out of the daisies you came up with, please report to the king of the potato people in cloud cuckoo land. Thanks.

  • Cal

    As opposed to the perfectly sane people that enjoy seeing animals ripped to shreds, of course.

  • Ricka Smith

    In the US, there is a special name for vigilantes who go about masked and hooded and it is illegal. Not tolerated here for a minute … can’t imagine why there isn’t more alarm in the UK about people who believe they are above the law and decide to take the role of judge, jury and executioner. Wake Up UK!

  • Cici Bauer

    Evidence? Bull!

  • Cici Bauer

    Bravo and many thanks!

  • Bonney88

    no doubt Neanderthals were far more civilized than this bunch of animal rights’ terrorists.

  • Bonney88

    would have been nice if the bullies had had their hats and scarves pulled off so their identities would be known. Cowards that they are.

  • Bonney88

    How sick and cowardly of the animal rights’ groups. They are nothing but terrorists – and animal abusers to spray the dogs with anything at all. Hope they are caught and brought to justice soon, and receive the mental health help they need so desperately.

  • Cici Bauer

    Hunt sabs! Ghouls, lawbreakers, hooligans, horse and hound haters. Riddled with ill thought out class prejudice. Where are the police to protect the hunt clubs? And where is the apology to this rider from the sabs who caused his injuries? Seem to recall a hunt sab being concussed, they stood behind a horse and were knocked over, and being incensed that her “assailant” had not visited her in hospital to apologize. Were I that “assailant” I would have brought my horse into her ward! So hunt sab, whoever you are, man up and stop being a delinquent. Come forward, face the music, prove you are a humanitarian and simply not a Neanderthal after all.

  • Old Nick

    I am sorry to have assumed otherwise. One never knows with these Internet names. But well done !

  • terrier78

    You are a brave woman, madam. Well done.

    Seriously – thank you.

  • Gerri Scargill

    Can anybody explain to me why it is allowed for these people to go about in public wearing masks and balaclavas? Surely the fact that they are deliberately making themselves unidentifiable could be taken as a declaration of intent to carry out acts for which they could otherwise be held liable for and prosecuted for. I cannot imagine any other activity where this sort of behaviour would be tolerated without the police removing or arresting them, yet still they get away with it.

  • Cinders06

    I’m a woman unless you are referring to the hunt master.

  • Old Nick

    You are a brave man, sir. Well done

  • Ed Seyfried

    Evidence?? Other than Trevor Morse, a Warwickshire field sports man beheaded by reckless sabs. You sick people

  • Cinders06

    Having read this article I fully agree with the Tedworth Hunts account of what happened. Although I have too say that the hunt master has no need too claim he was kicked in the head. I can 110% say he was definitely kicked several times in the head and that the anti’s were indeed carrying metal bars attached too ropes. I can fully back this article as I am the member of the public who filmed the incident and have given a statement along with copies of the assault to the police. From the footage I took I was able too take several clear images of the anti’s who committed this unprovoked attack and these have also been passed too the police. I can confirm I have nothing too do with the Tedworth Hunt, but I’m glad that I had my phone too hand as this attack began and will assist the police in any way I can to help them with their inquiries. I wish the hunt master a speedy recovery

  • maria2345

    Hunters in the past have run over sabs and left them with serious injuries and even killed them but as soon as hunt sabs fight back they are labeled as the bad guys well done hunt sabs you are awesome

  • The liquid is allegedly a imitation fox scent “to throw the hounds off the scent of the real fox” (that they weren’t hunting). However it’s known that hounds will pester/attack those that have been sprayed with this “stuff”. So much for caring animal lovers! I hope that the perpetrators of this incident are properly prosecuted.