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Saboteur hurt in clash with Ashford Valley Tickham hunt at Flying Horse, Smarden


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Fox hunting supporters were seen laughing as a female saboteur was sent hurtling to the ground from a gate where she landed on her head.

The men, thought to be linked to the Ashford Valley Tickham hunt, were videoed laughing near the Flying Horse, Smarden, as the masked women attempted to scale the gate and follow a pack of dogs.

Recruitment consultant Harry Blackhurst, a member of the West Kent Hunt Saboteurs, witnessed her fall, which happened as the men appeared to rattle the gate.

The saboteur hits the ground (4948779)
The saboteur hits the ground (4948779)

He said: "They were shaking the gate to get her off it and their behaviour was outrageous.

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"Luckily there were no serious injuries but my associate has pulled some muscles in her shoulder.

"She was also badly shaken by what happened."

The 31-year-old, who claimed he had been tipped off about the Ashford Valley Tickham hunt by an insider claimed: "It was very aggressive and threatening atmosphere and the men were swearing at us."

VIDEO: Women hurt in clash with fox hunting supporters

The incident took place last Wednesday and a video of it has emerged on social media.

Mr Blackhurst alleges a fox had been chased into the centre of the village earlier on and that the hunt was not simply following a legal trail.

He says the group consisted of three fox hunters in red jackets, 10 other riders and around 30 supporters on foot, with a pack of 30 foxhounds.

A police spokesman said: "We are aware of video footage reported to be in the Smarden area and officers are seeking to establish the circumstances surrounding the incident."

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