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Foxhunting hits the headlines

A member of the Buccleuch Hunt has been cleared of illegally hunting a fox with hounds. The case is believed to have been the final one brought under the old legislation in Scotland. Myles O’Connor was found not guilty after a two-day trial at Selkirk Crown Court last week.

Despite investigators from the League Against Cruel Sports filming hunt members, the judge explained: “Mr O’Connor did not see the single hound chasing the fox and therefore was not deliberately involved in encouraging the hunting.”