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.