It was pleasing to note that the Wildlife Crime Officer  and rider with the Belvoir Hunt (Sharon Roscoe) I reported on previously has stood down from her position. It would be nice to report that Leicestershire police had come to realise that her position was a clear conflict of interest and had removed her, however that isn’t the case. They maintained their support for her but public pressure on social media aimed directly at the officer seems to have had the desired effect. I cannot condone abuse and threats through any channel however public opinion on this matter was never going to let this abuse of power go unchallenged and while some of the methods are questionable the outcome is certainly the correct one.

My sources made me aware of this development during a meeting of the Leicestershire Police Ethics Committee and was confirmed by this tweet from the BBC’s Simon Hare:tweet

The claims that Roscoe hadn’t been a member of the hunt for some time are clearly questionable and my information is that members of her family are still heavily connected to the hunt.

Something which came to light while investigating this was, more worryingly the presence of another officer much further up the police food chain. A photograph from the Belvoir Hunt ball showed Roscoe with another officer, namely Lou Cordiner. Lou Cordiner is (or was) acting Chief Inspector and Area Commander for Leicestershire Eastern Counties. The image below is from a PDF published by Leicstershire Police which shows the rank of Cordiner.

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Here is the image of Sharon Roscoe (left) with Lou Cordiner (right) at the Belvoir Hunt ball in June 2013.

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OK that was two years ago I can hear you say but lets dig a little deeper and see what Cordiner has been up to more recently. Only at the beginning of the current hunting season it would appear Cordiner was present at an early morning cub hunting meet.

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While not actually in the picture she is mentioned by name by the person who posted the picture on their social media account. Now as you may know cubbing (or Autumn Hunting as the hunts like to call it) is where the hunts train their new hounds by killing fox cubs. There is no loop hole to be used in the Hunting Act for this. It’s about as illegal as you can get. No trails are followed, no birds of prey, no exemptions. Riders surround a covert and stop young foxes from leaving it. The hounds are then sent in to kill them. The poster of the update mentions the morning and you can clearly see by the photo that it is early by the mist in the background. You can also see the traditional ‘ratcatcher’ jackets worn by hunt riders when cubbing.

You have to ask yourself why a senior officer is involved with such an activity? The next question is what if this is just the time of the iceberg? How many law enforcement officials be they police officers or judges are actually involved with an organised criminal activity. You then start to realise why the policing of hunts is so one sided.

I’ve had a lot of contact with the police from various forces. Some are unquestionably honest and decent people just doing the best they can however in my experience the police overwhelmingly come down on the side of the hunts when in the field and an incident from only last weekend once again proved this.

The photo below was taken by Northants Hunt Sabs. It shows inspector Ian Caffel who is based at Weston Favell police station, Northampton. He encouraged hunt supporters to block the roads to prevent sabs from following the Woodland Pytchley hunt. He also witnessed an assault on a sab yet did nothing.

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When challenged he said’ ” I am not bothered about assaults. But I am bothered about aggravated trespass “. When asked if he was going to do anything about the illegal hunting he said “No but I will be making arrests for aggravated trespass “.

Clearly an officer should remain impartial and not decide which laws are going to be enforced and which ones ignored. This is typical of the disgraceful behaviour currently exhibited by some of our police.

A friend of mine who’s been involved with the negotiations with the police but never been in the fields always maintained that the reason sabs were always getting the raw end of the deal was because the hunts were the ones who always called the police. They were making the complaints so the police focused on the sabs because of this. A couple of weeks ago I tested this theory  although I didn’t really have to as I knew what the outcome would be. A member of our group called the police to report illegal hunting. It was blatant and we had plenty of video evidence to support our complaint.

Two hours later a single unit with two officers arrived, they refused to leave their vehicle and paid no interest in the hunt. They made attempts to gain our details and then tailed us when we left. We took them on a nice mystery tour of Bedfordshire before they got bored and buggered off. Compare that to a couple of weeks previous when the hunt called the police and they arrived with thirteen units and a helicopter.

I’m fairly certain that if all officers had to declare any connection with hunting or shooting or perhaps membership of the Countryside Alliance we’d see a significant number that participate and these officers whether intentionally or otherwise are influencing those around them and their behaviour to towards hunt monitors and sabs. Whether this is organised and pre-planned would be impossible to prove however there is no doubt there appears to be an institutionalised prejudice towards sabs and monitors.

I’d suggest the rabbit hole goes a very long way down indeed and you don’t need to be in Wonderland to realise the cause of this.

 

Comments
  1. Sara Smith says:

    Bloody horrifying but no surprise. Who polices the police? No one it seems. I’ve been advised to write to Teresa May regarding this issue but all the website would allow me to do was contact my own MP.

  2. Amanda Mole says:

    Sarah – maybe we could snail mail?

  3. Sally-Ann Kingham says:

    Is it any wonder that no-one has any faith in the police these days? Time and again they prove themselves to be corrupt and in the pocket of their superiors.

  4. Jillybonce says:

    It comes from the very top. Shit rolls down hill, the grass roots bobby will have been told which side to tackle. The whole system is corrupt throughout the establishment. Deals are there to be done and a lot of money changes hands out in those killing fields and at the hunt ball.

  5. Jool Lott says:

    Police are paid by the government=owned by the government.Who constitutes the government?Money,power”lording it”remember that expression?How and where is aware intelligence being shown to exist in these despicable excuses for civilised people?Traditions from centuries ago.Us the aware are out there,serfs to be ridiculed and cast aside spattered with the blood of those we are trying to protect.Its all like some fkd up nightmare.Crazy.

  6. Judi Hewitt says:

    OUTRAGEOUS – TRULY SHOCKING BEHAVIOUR BY THE POLICE.

  7. peter sowerby says:

    Yep, It looks like they are all in it together including the countryside alliance and half the tory party

  8. Surely there is somewhere a complaint can be made about an officer who says he is not interested in an assault! This all needs bringing out into the open and challenging through any available channels. These hunters were clearly lawbreaking in more ways than one.It must be stopped!

  9. Jo Jo says:

    This is an absolute disgrace but many senior politicians are also involved in the hunt It is about time they woke up to how people actually feel about this sick barbarity

  10. Lesley Illingworth says:

    The police do give support to the hunts, and bully/ prosecute Sabs at every opportunity

  11. I’ve lived in the countryside all of my life, and I can remember the days of the village bobby.

    I also have distant relatives who were Police officers, in my grandfather’s generation.

    The overlap between the police and country sports doesn’t surprise me. Some of the country sports also entangle with the problems of firearms law enforcement. and failures such as Hungerford and Dunblane. I have seen behaviour by farming neighbours, who shot game birds, which broke every rule of gun safety I ever knew: I could have been an accident statistic.

    Is it the same? Not quite, but there seems to be a common sociopathic spectrum problem in all of this. They’re people who don’t see the world as we do, and seem to have a hazy appreciation of right and wrong.

    My farming neighbour farmed pheasants, living things, as shooting targets. I’m not sure he ever ate what he shot. That’s not the same as cattle farming, where the animals you have been caring for depart to a slaughterhouse. There’s not even lip service to necessity or to avoiding pain and stress.

    I’m not comfortable with what this says about me, but I am a long way from being the worst. A very long way, I hope. Why are we being policed by people who seem to take pleasure in inflicting pain?

  12. John says:

    Well if pro hunt cant be police officers then neither can any of the anti hunting people.simple as that.

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