The RSPCA has dropped its private prosecution against Heythrop huntsman Julian Barnfield.

The charity had accused Mr Barnfield of unlawful hunting on two occasions during the 2010-11 season, an accusation Mr Barnfield denied.

But the charity offered no evidence and, on Friday, 3 August, notified Mr Barnfield’s solicitor that it was dropping the case.

This news story was first published in the current issue of Horse & Hound (16 August 2012)