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Five saboteurs found guilty of threatening hunt supporters in Rutland

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A group of saboteurs has been found guilty of threatening supporters of a hunt, following a three day trial.

Five men have been found guilty of the offences, which took place in Ashwell Road, Oakham on January 29.

The victims, three hunt supporters, included a 15-year-old girl and two men aged 52 and 61.

Loughborough Magistrates' Court. Photo: Google Maps
Loughborough Magistrates' Court. Photo: Google Maps

All three had been following a nearby trail hunt when the incident occurred.

The 61-year-old man said he was punched in the face while the others reported they had been pushed.

At the time, Leicestershire Police said that officers from the Melton and Rutland Neighbourhood Policing Area (NPA) were appealing for witnesses after two men and a teenage girl were assaulted in Oakham.

The five men were located nearby by police officers and were arrested before being charged with using threatening, abusive and insulting words and behaviour to cause harassment, alarm and distress.

At Loughborough Magistrates' Court on Friday (July 29), Paul Allman, 47 and Charley Waring, 26, of East Street in Edgeley, Matthew Slater, 40, of Woodfield Road in Altrincham, Cameron Allman, 21, Dorland Grove in Heaviley and Reuben Waterhouse, 22, Blackbrook Drive in Buxton were found guilty of the offences.

Sentencing is due to take place at the court on September 5.

Polly Portwin, director of the Countryside Alliance's campaign for hunting said: "Our rural communities should not have to suffer a the hands of violent criminals, simply for enjoying a day out in the countryside, following hounds.

"We welcome this guilty verdict and await the sentencing."

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