Hereford & Worcester

Ross Harriers hunt master guilty of racially abusing protester

Update 8 January 2016: David Lee Peters's conviction was quashed in July 2013 at Worcester Crown Court.

A hunt master has been found guilty at Hereford Magistrates' Court of racially abusing and threatening a protester.

David Lee Peters, from Coughton, Ross-on-Wye, was fined £720, and ordered to pay his victim £200 compensation.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said the the offence took place on 7 January when the Ross Harriers Hunt met at Aston Crew in Herefordshire.

The CPS said 33-year-old Peters used "racially abusive words" to a protester who was sitting in her car.

Colin Molloy, from the CPS, said: "This type of language or behaviour will not and should not be tolerated by anyone."

He said people from all communities had a right to be protected from "the prejudice at the root of racist or hate crime".

Peters had denied charges of using threatening, abusive or insulting words and disorderly behaviour likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress.

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