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Police hunt for men after equipment damaged at Ashford Valley Tickham Hunt on Boxing Day

By Rachael Woods

Police are looking for two men after a band had its equipment smashed up following violence at a hunt meeting.

Clashes occurred in Tenterden between saboteurs and the Ashford Valley Tickham Hunt outside The Vine pub on Boxing Day, when criminal damage was also reported.

Police have released an image of two men who may be able to help in their investigation into a report of criminal damage.

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Rudy Warman and the Heavy Weather band were playing in Tenterden high street on Boxing Day and reported that an effects pedal, two amplifiers and a storage case were damaged in the disturbances.

Investigating officer detective constable Niki Hill said: "We are keen to speak to the men as they could have information that could help our enquiries. We would also like to hear from anyone who witnessed the incident or has film footage of the event."

Following the Boxing Day violence, the League Against Cruel Sports wrote to Kent County Council leader Paul Carter asking that it “commits to never again allowing the Ashford Valley Tickham Hunt to hold its Boxing Day meet in Tenterden”.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 01843 222289 quoting reference number 46/31766/19, or Crimestoppers in Kent anonymously on 0800 555111.

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