Hunt denies laying trails on the Long Mynd after licence revoked

Members of the South Shropshire Hunt were allegedly caught on National Trust land at the Long Mynd despite having their licence revoked.

The Long Mynd
The Long Mynd

But members of the hunt deny the claims, saying they did not lay any trails at the beauty spot.

Earlier this month, the National Trust revoked the hunt’s licence to trail hunt on its land.

According to Shropshire Monitors, huntsmen and hounds were on site for approximately half an hour on Saturday – with supporters on site for around an hour.

The protest group said there were four quadbikes, three of which had terrier boxes and were without licence plates.

On their Facebook page, Shropshire Monitors wrote: “This hunt were witnessed chasing wildlife and made no attempts at laying trails on the protected land that has been made unavailable to them.”

The matter has been reported to National Trust, Natural England and West Mercia Police.

Camilla Corrie, spokeswoman for the hunt, said: “On Saturday, the South Shropshire Hunt did not lay trails on any National Trust property.

“All mounted followers of the hunt remained on public highways and byways or private land throughout the day. Unfortunately groups of saboteurs tried to disrupt the day."

A spokeswoman for the National Trust said: “We take any reports of unlicensed trail hunts on our land very seriously and we seek urgent clarification from the relevant trail hunts.

"The majority of trail hunts are responsible.”

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