Devon and Somerset Staghounds trio deny illegal hunting

Hunting case involving Donald Summersgill, Rupert Andrews and David Greenwood Donald Summersgill (l), David Greenwood and Rupert Andrews are accused of hunting illegally

Three members of the Devon and Somerset Staghounds have appeared in court charged with illegally hunting stags.

Huntsman Donald Summersgill and joint hunt masters Rupert Andrews and David Greenwood face a total of four charges.

Mr Greenwood denies two charges relating to alleged incidents of hunting with dogs on 14 September and 24 October.

Mr Andrews' charge relates to the September incident and Mr Summersgill to the other. Both plead not guilty.

Both cases have been adjourned and the men, who are all members of the Devon and Somerset Staghounds, are due to re-appear at Taunton Magistrates Court on 30 May.

The cases are based on video evidence gathered by the League Against Cruel Sports.

The defence has been given five weeks to study the footage to see whether the cases fall within the exemptions in the law, where hunting can take place for research and observation purposes.

More on This Story

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Somerset

Weather

Taunton

Min. Night 13 °C

Features

  • Nigel Farage (left) and Douglas CarswellWho's next?

    The Tory MPs being tipped to follow Carswell to UKIP


  • A painting of the White House on fire by Tom FreemanFinders keepers

    The odd objects looted by the British from Washington in 1814


  • Sailing rock in Death ValleyRock and roll

    Mystery of Death Valley's 'sliding rocks' solved - and more tales


  • Chris and Regina Catrambone with their daughter Maria LuisaSOS

    The millionaires who rescue people at sea


  • President Barack Obama pauses during a press conference on 28 August.'No strategy'

    Obama's gaffe on Islamic State reveals political truth


BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.