An enraged fox hunter was caught on camera squirting fox ‘p***’ in an elderly protester’s face during a heated interrogation.
Julie Hadlow, 51, of Ashford Valley Tickham Hunt and other members were hunting in Tonge, Sittingbourne when she was asked by a 64-year-old man of the group’s hunting methods.
A video then shows Hadlow replying the pensioner known as Uncle Bob, while on horseback and holding a bottle of yellow liquid.
When Bob asks again ‘what is it’ in the bottle, she responds ‘p***’ and sprays the liquid in his face.
Bob, a protester for West Kent Hunt Sabs, was left ‘really shaken’ as he reportedly suffered blocked sinuses and a sore throat after the incident.
He also had to have blood tests because he felt unwell.
Hadlow was found guilty of common assault at Maidstone Magistrates’ Court, Kent, on Tuesday and issued with a 12-month conditional discharge.
She was also ordered to pay £640 in court costs.
Harry Blackhurst, of West Kent Hunt Sabs, has hailed the sentence as a ‘massive result’ after claiming it was the first time any Kent hunters had been convicted.
Harry, from Kent, said: “As it stands now, she has a criminal record.
“It’s a massive result for us because it is the first time any member of a hunt in the county of Kent has been convicted. On that basis we are happy.
“He (Bob) was really shaken up after the incident and when he got back in the vehicle he absolutely reeked.
“We almost had to ask him to get out because we were feeling sick being around him.
“We didn’t know what was in that bottle. It could have been anything. Think of all the diseases foxes could carry.”
Harry and Uncle Bob had been joined by their colleagues on New Year’s Eve 2018 to ‘monitor’ the hunt and make sure they weren’t breaking the law.
After asking two hunters on horseback what they had used to lay a scent trail, a middle-aged man in front claimed they had used aniseed – a common scent used in fox hunting.
But interrupting, Hadley claimed they’d used ‘p***’, which was confirmed as fox urine and water, before throwing it over her shocked victim.
West Kent Hunt Sabs and other saboteur groups are concerned with catching illegal activity and holding hunting groups to account.
Harry added: “In 2004 the hunting act was passed which made it illegal to chase a mammal, including foxes, with a pack of hounds.
“The fox hunts invented an activity called trail hunting where they use the scent of a fox and someone supposedly lays a trail for the hounds to follow the scent.
“If when following a trail hounds accidentally pick up the scent of a live fox, they can say it was an accident, which is a massive flaw in the law.
“If they ever get caught they can just say it’s an accident, so it would be up to the police to prove that it wasn’t an accident.
“That’s why we do what we do.”
A spokesperson from the Ashford Valley Tickham Hunt said: “The Ashford Valley Tickham Hunt does not condone any form of law-breaking, even in the face of extreme provocation, personal harassment, malicious trespass and other offences that hunts are regularly subjected to by animal rights activists.
“The hunt acts lawfully within the confines of the Hunting Act 2004 and takes every measure to ensure this legislation is adhered to.
“For trail-laying we use an ethically-sourced scent which is derived from the products of a controlled wildlife management programme.”
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) confirmed sentencing details and that the liquid was ‘fox urine and water’.