Sussex man admits illegal fox hunting

The Argus: Sussex man admits illegal fox hunting (Pic: Penny Little) Sussex man admits illegal fox hunting (Pic: Penny Little)

A Sussex man has admitted illegally hunting a fox – after being filmed by a wildlife campaigner.

Huntsman Nicholas Bycroft, a member of the Crawley and Horsham Hunt, was filmed by at Angmering Park, near Arundel, on February 19 this year.

Wildlife monitors – volunteers who are against hunting – filmed Bycroft hunt a fox with a dog.

On Tuesday Bycroft appeared at Worthing Magistrates’ Court where the 48-year-old, of Huntsman’s Cottage, Kennel Lane, West Grinstead, near Horsham, admitted one count of “hunting a wild mammal with a dog” contrary to the Hunting Act 2004.


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He was given a year-long conditional discharge, ordered to pay costs of £150 and a victim surcharge of £15.

Speaking after the hearing Simon Wild, of West Sussex Wildlife Protection, said: “He was filmed from more than a mile away by a wildlife monitor – he obviously thought he could not be spotted.

“But there was clear evidence he was hunting and the police agreed.”

Mr Wild revealed how officers from Sussex Police’s wildlife crime unit recruited a university professor from Bristol to examine the video.

He agreed there was clear evidence of illegal hunting, and this was put before the court.

“His evidence was pretty compelling,” Mr Wild said. Bycroft was on a horse in a pit by South Downs Way.

“It’s full-blown hunting; there is no getting away from it. Bycroft is a professional huntsman – he is a hunting servant.”

He said he did not know if the fox involved had died.

The League Against Cruel Sports added: “This is the second time members of the Crawley and Horsham Hunt have been prosecuted for offences under the Hunting Act.”

The Crawley and Horsham Hunt said yesterday: “Nick Bycroft has taken the decision not to contest the allegation made against him of illegal hunting.

"The Crawley and Horsham carries out trail hunting and exempt hunting and from time to time it is inevitable that the hunt will come across a fox.

"On this occasion it does seem the hounds did find a fox in cover. The fox was not hunted and was not caught by hounds.

"However, the Hunting Act is a draconian and complex law and Mr Bycroft has decided to plead guilty rather than go to trial.

“The Crawley and Horsham Hunt continues to carry out legal hunting through autumn and winter.”

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9:13am Thu 19 Sep 13

Somedude12345 says...

A £15 victim surcharge?? Does that go to the Fox??
A £15 victim surcharge?? Does that go to the Fox?? Somedude12345

9:19am Thu 19 Sep 13

tykemison says...

Lol, somedude."draconian"
the mind boggles!!!
Lol, somedude."draconian" the mind boggles!!! tykemison

9:19am Thu 19 Sep 13

tykemison says...

Lol, somedude."draconian"
the mind boggles!!!
Lol, somedude."draconian" the mind boggles!!! tykemison

9:32am Thu 19 Sep 13

spencer1973 says...

What a waste of public money, I am not fussed about fox hunting either way, but to take it to court, can't we issue fixed penalty type fine if we must..?
What a waste of public money, I am not fussed about fox hunting either way, but to take it to court, can't we issue fixed penalty type fine if we must..? spencer1973

10:06am Thu 19 Sep 13

Nebcop says...

Somedude12345 wrote:
A £15 victim surcharge?? Does that go to the Fox??
It would if they could find him
[quote][p][bold]Somedude12345[/bold] wrote: A £15 victim surcharge?? Does that go to the Fox??[/p][/quote]It would if they could find him Nebcop

11:56am Thu 19 Sep 13

getThisCoalitionOut says...

Why wasn't this disgusting man jailed at least? He should be executed IMO. That's flagrant law breaking. A person who stole a bottle of water in the riots was jailed so why not this scum bag?
Why wasn't this disgusting man jailed at least? He should be executed IMO. That's flagrant law breaking. A person who stole a bottle of water in the riots was jailed so why not this scum bag? getThisCoalitionOut

3:22pm Thu 19 Sep 13

spencer1973 says...

getThisCoalitionOut wrote:
Why wasn't this disgusting man jailed at least? He should be executed IMO. That's flagrant law breaking. A person who stole a bottle of water in the riots was jailed so why not this scum bag?
Er.....may be because its a maingy old fox
[quote][p][bold]getThisCoalitionOut[/bold] wrote: Why wasn't this disgusting man jailed at least? He should be executed IMO. That's flagrant law breaking. A person who stole a bottle of water in the riots was jailed so why not this scum bag?[/p][/quote]Er.....may be because its a maingy old fox spencer1973

4:10pm Thu 19 Sep 13

Number Six says...

getThisCoalitionOut wrote:
Why wasn't this disgusting man jailed at least? He should be executed IMO. That's flagrant law breaking. A person who stole a bottle of water in the riots was jailed so why not this scum bag?
You want to execute someone for fox hunting? How would you deal with murderers and rapists then? Or are you saying that fox hunting ia on a par with rape and murder?
[quote][p][bold]getThisCoalitionOut[/bold] wrote: Why wasn't this disgusting man jailed at least? He should be executed IMO. That's flagrant law breaking. A person who stole a bottle of water in the riots was jailed so why not this scum bag?[/p][/quote]You want to execute someone for fox hunting? How would you deal with murderers and rapists then? Or are you saying that fox hunting ia on a par with rape and murder? Number Six

5:17pm Thu 19 Sep 13

hammerfan says...

Are there still Foxes in the countryside?
Most of them seem to live in towns now- We should have Foxhunting through the streets and get rid of the vermin!
Are there still Foxes in the countryside? Most of them seem to live in towns now- We should have Foxhunting through the streets and get rid of the vermin! hammerfan

5:36pm Thu 19 Sep 13

Angie Wright says...

Yes fox hunting is killing and therefore akin to murder.. It matters to the fox . All unnecessary killing is wrong. Only self defence is an excuse. The greatest vermin is Man who has the nerve to criticise other creatures who are just trying to survive while Man destroys their habitats etc. Wipe out the Human Species and the world will have a chance to survive.
Yes fox hunting is killing and therefore akin to murder.. It matters to the fox . All unnecessary killing is wrong. Only self defence is an excuse. The greatest vermin is Man who has the nerve to criticise other creatures who are just trying to survive while Man destroys their habitats etc. Wipe out the Human Species and the world will have a chance to survive. Angie Wright

6:00pm Thu 19 Sep 13

Mel@cityclean says...

Just shared with all my Hunt saboteurs friends. Evil hunters, only pick on animals, because they do not fight back. Little men, who think they so big and strong. Pathetic lowlife.
Just shared with all my Hunt saboteurs friends. Evil hunters, only pick on animals, because they do not fight back. Little men, who think they so big and strong. Pathetic lowlife. Mel@cityclean

6:19pm Thu 19 Sep 13

Number Six says...

Angie Wright wrote:
Yes fox hunting is killing and therefore akin to murder.. It matters to the fox . All unnecessary killing is wrong. Only self defence is an excuse. The greatest vermin is Man who has the nerve to criticise other creatures who are just trying to survive while Man destroys their habitats etc. Wipe out the Human Species and the world will have a chance to survive.
Wipe out the human race? That's avote winner.

Oh well, after you
[quote][p][bold]Angie Wright[/bold] wrote: Yes fox hunting is killing and therefore akin to murder.. It matters to the fox . All unnecessary killing is wrong. Only self defence is an excuse. The greatest vermin is Man who has the nerve to criticise other creatures who are just trying to survive while Man destroys their habitats etc. Wipe out the Human Species and the world will have a chance to survive.[/p][/quote]Wipe out the human race? That's avote winner. Oh well, after you Number Six

9:41pm Thu 19 Sep 13

Idontbelieveit1948 says...

Angie Wright wrote:
Yes fox hunting is killing and therefore akin to murder.. It matters to the fox . All unnecessary killing is wrong. Only self defence is an excuse. The greatest vermin is Man who has the nerve to criticise other creatures who are just trying to survive while Man destroys their habitats etc. Wipe out the Human Species and the world will have a chance to survive.
Potty or what !
[quote][p][bold]Angie Wright[/bold] wrote: Yes fox hunting is killing and therefore akin to murder.. It matters to the fox . All unnecessary killing is wrong. Only self defence is an excuse. The greatest vermin is Man who has the nerve to criticise other creatures who are just trying to survive while Man destroys their habitats etc. Wipe out the Human Species and the world will have a chance to survive.[/p][/quote]Potty or what ! Idontbelieveit1948

8:06am Fri 20 Sep 13

Don'tkidme says...

Angie Wright wrote:
Yes fox hunting is killing and therefore akin to murder.. It matters to the fox . All unnecessary killing is wrong. Only self defence is an excuse. The greatest vermin is Man who has the nerve to criticise other creatures who are just trying to survive while Man destroys their habitats etc. Wipe out the Human Species and the world will have a chance to survive.
Maby we should start with you!!!
[quote][p][bold]Angie Wright[/bold] wrote: Yes fox hunting is killing and therefore akin to murder.. It matters to the fox . All unnecessary killing is wrong. Only self defence is an excuse. The greatest vermin is Man who has the nerve to criticise other creatures who are just trying to survive while Man destroys their habitats etc. Wipe out the Human Species and the world will have a chance to survive.[/p][/quote]Maby we should start with you!!! Don'tkidme

5:55pm Sat 21 Sep 13

sabbat36 says...

getThisCoalitionOut wrote:
Why wasn't this disgusting man jailed at least? He should be executed IMO. That's flagrant law breaking. A person who stole a bottle of water in the riots was jailed so why not this scum bag?
Because he is probably a tory.
[quote][p][bold]getThisCoalitionOut[/bold] wrote: Why wasn't this disgusting man jailed at least? He should be executed IMO. That's flagrant law breaking. A person who stole a bottle of water in the riots was jailed so why not this scum bag?[/p][/quote]Because he is probably a tory. sabbat36

11:13pm Sat 21 Sep 13

whatevernext2013 says...

Angie Wright wrote:
Yes fox hunting is killing and therefore akin to murder.. It matters to the fox . All unnecessary killing is wrong. Only self defence is an excuse. The greatest vermin is Man who has the nerve to criticise other creatures who are just trying to survive while Man destroys their habitats etc. Wipe out the Human Species and the world will have a chance to survive.
you sound like a sad old bird that s been dumped on by all the men in the world , as your so anti the human species i take it you don t have any children
[quote][p][bold]Angie Wright[/bold] wrote: Yes fox hunting is killing and therefore akin to murder.. It matters to the fox . All unnecessary killing is wrong. Only self defence is an excuse. The greatest vermin is Man who has the nerve to criticise other creatures who are just trying to survive while Man destroys their habitats etc. Wipe out the Human Species and the world will have a chance to survive.[/p][/quote]you sound like a sad old bird that s been dumped on by all the men in the world , as your so anti the human species i take it you don t have any children whatevernext2013

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