Hunting community urged to keep cool after Warwickshire tragedy

  • The hunting community is being urged to keep a “cool head” this week, following the tragic incident at Long Marston airfield yesterday afternoon.

    Police are currently questioning two people on suspicion of murder following the death of 48-year-old Warwickshire hunt supporter Trevor Morse.

    And a post mortem examination will be carried out at the University Hospital of Coventry and Warwickshire today.

    Mr Morse, of Alderminster, Stratford upon Avon, was involved in a collision with a gyrocopter which had been used by so-called “hunt monitors” over the past few weeks to follow the Warwickshire and Heythrop hunts.

    Stephen Lambert, chairman of the Council of Hunting Associations, told H&H: “We would like everyone to keep a cool head out of respect for Trevor’s family.”

    He said now is not the time for the hunting community to get into any conflict with the anti-hunt fraternity.

    “Everything that needs to be said will come out at the appropriate time,” he said.

    Warwickshire joint-master Sam Butler (pictured leading the Warwickshire hunt) told H&H: “At the moment all our thoughts are with Trevor’s family.”

    Detective Superintendent Graeme Pallister, senior investigating officer, said: “The investigation is still at a very early stage.

    “We are working to establish the circumstances of yesterday’s incident and to find out how and why Mr Morse died.

    “Our sympathies go to his family at this time.”

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