A jury last week cleared Bryan Griffiths, a hunt monitor and gyrocopter pilot, of the manslaughter of hunt supporter Trevor Morse. Mr Morse died last March when he was struck by the rotor blades of the gyrocopter being piloted by Griffiths, which was being used to monitor the Warwickshire Hunt.

During the two-week trial, the jury were told of a stand-off at a local airfield when Mr Morse tried to stop Griffiths taking off to carry on monitoring from the air. The pilot told police that he believed he had been shot at several times while flying over the hunt earlier on the day in question. Prior to Mr Morse’s death, the Civil Aviation Authority had received several complaints that horses were being frightened, with children hurled from saddles, and that the lambing season was being disrupted.

The rest of this article appears in 24th March issue of Shooting Times.

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