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David Cameron's fox hunting pals hit by fine


Prime Minister David Cameron

Prime Minister David Cameron

Prime Minister David Cameron

David Cameron's favourite fox hunt has been fined for illegal hunting in a case which will embarrass the Prime Minister.

The Heythrop Hunt in Oxfordshire pleaded guilty to four charges of intentionally hunting a fox with dogs in the Cotswolds.

It was the first time a fox hunt faced a corporate prosecution.

Ex-huntsman Julian Barnsfield (49), a friend of Mr Cameron, and retired hunt master Richard Sumner (68), another acquaintance, pleaded guilty to the same charges at Oxford Magistrates court.

District Judge Tim Pattinson fined the hunt £4,000, Sumner £1,800 and Barnsfield £1,000, while the hunt was told to pay £15,000 towards RSPCA legal costs. Sumner also has £2,500 costs and Barnsfield £2,000 — for a total in penalties of £26,300.

Belfast Telegraph