Police probe after fox reportedly killed during hunt

Police are investigating after a fox was reportedly killed during a hunt.

Cheshire Police said they had been notified of the animal’s death at a trail hunt in Huxley, near Chester, on Saturday.

A force spokesman said: “Shortly after 1.30pm today Cheshire Police were notified that a fox had been killed while a trail hunt was taking place in the Huxley area.

“An investigation into the circumstances has been launched, and a number of parties are being spoken to.

“The role of the police is to enforce the law impartially.

“We recognise how emotive this issue is and we would like to assure everyone that the matter will be thoroughly investigated.”

Labour MP for Chester Chris Matheson wrote on Twitter: “I am receiving reports of a fox being killed by a Cheshire hunt.

“I will be seeking confirmation but if true then prosecution and prison sentences must follow. Better still an outright ban on fox hunting.”

Last week, Labour pledged it would review penalties under the Hunting Act 2004 to ensure it was an effective deterrent.

Under the Act, it is an offence to hunt a wild mammal with dogs, although there are some exemptions.