A Dorset huntsman was in court for a plea hearing on 8 June. And he was charged with offences under the Hunting Act.


The Dorset Echo reported on 8 June that Mark Anthony Pearson faced a charge of hunting a fox contrary to Schedule 1 of the Hunting Act. Pearson is joint master and huntsman for the South Dorset Hunt. The huntsman plead not guilty to the incident.

The Dorset Echo reported it occurred on 13 December 2021 at Bere Down Farm in Bere Regis. However, a source clarified to Keep The Ban that the charge in fact relates to an incident on 13 November 2021.

Bere Down Farm is little more than a mile from the South Dorset Hunt’s kennels and is, according to the website Who Owns England?, on land owned by Tory MP Richard Drax.

As a result of his not guilty plea, a trial date is set for 17 and 18 October 2022.

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