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The ban has guaranteed that the time and money invested by the League Against Cruel Sports and the RSPCA has increased animal suffering. We told them this would happen. This rise in suffering since the ban is the cost of ignoring that warning!
Daily Telegraph
3 May 2005.

Numerous police officers accompanied the more than 250 hunts which took place yesterday, the first day that the sport became illegal. Despite the friendly exchanges between officers and huntsmen and women, the presence of the police posed a question: what public good were they trying to uphold?
Daily Telegraph
20 February 2005.
Met Police accused of 'tit for tat' hunt supporters' arrests - 4 Sept. 2005

Story Source: The Daily Telegraph
Date: 4th September 2005
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The Metropolitan Police have been accused of carrying out "tit for tat" revenge prosecutions after last year's Parliament Square pro-hunting demonstration.

Protesters who made official complaints to the Independent Police Complaints Commission claim that after their details were passed to the force they were "targeted" by the Met.

Police and pro-hunt demonstrators clash at Parliament Square
Mal Williams, the master of the South Herefordshire Hunt, made two complaints alleging that he and his kennelman, Steven Lenton, were assaulted by officers at the demonstration on September 15.

Mr Williams, 47, suffered injuries to his hand, while Mr Lenton required 15 stitches for a head wound. Mr Williams said: "I made a complaint to the IPCC a few days later. A few weeks afterwards a letter arrived from the Metropolitan Police and I thought somebody was taking the mickey.

"It said officers were coming down to Herefordshire to arrest me. Without a shadow of a doubt they got my details from the IPCC and wanted to target me because I had made a complaint."

Mr Williams was charged with three counts of using threatening behaviour but in July a court cleared him of the charges. Last month he was informed by the IPCC that his complaint would not be taken further.

"Before I complained, the police would not have known who I was since I have no [criminal] record," he said. "But afterwards they were turning up on my doorstep to arrest me. It was just a trawling expedition."

Kate Lovelace, an insurance agent from Marlborough in Wiltshire who rides with the South Dorset Hunt, was also at the demonstration and made a formal complaint to the IPCC about police behaviour. In February she received a letter from the Metropolitan Police telling her that they had a warrant for her arrest.

She said: "I was surprised that I was being charged with something then that I had allegedly done in September. I was also curious as to how they managed to get hold of my details as I was not arrested during the protest. They must have got them from the complaints authority."

The charges were dropped in March.

A spokesman for the IPCC said that it was duty bound to pass on complainants' details to the police. It said, however, that it was not responsible for what the police decided to do with the details.

A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said: "To suggest that anyone was arrested because they had made a complaint to the IPCC is entirely wrong. Anyone who believes this to be the case is advised to report this to the IPCC for their investigation.

"While some people were arrested during the course of the demonstration that day a number of others could only be arrested post-event once their identity had been established through a variety of investigative means."

PLEASE NOTE - © Telegraph Group Limited 2005.
The text above is directly from The Daily Telegraph article "Met Police accused of 'tit for tat' hunt supporters' arrests" - access it below.

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