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16/12/02
Now Countryside Campaigners Hunt the Police
- Fireworks thrown outside Parliament as MPs debate future of hunting

THEY usually like to chase down foxes, deer and hares, but last night pro-hunt campaigners found a different quarry - the police.

Inside the House of Commons, MPs were debating the future of animal hunting in Britain; outside, countryside demonstrators fought a pitched battle with the law, at one stage using fireworks as weapons. Eight pro-hunters were arrested before mounted police were brought in to restore order.

"They have shown pure recklessness by throwing fireworks in the area," said Andy Trotter, Deputy Assistant Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police. The Met estimate 2,300 demonstrators were involved in last night's fracas.

In the Commons debate, MPs voted by a large margin to ban hare coursing and deer hunting and to limit fox hunting by the use of licences. Anti-hunt MPs plan to table an amendment pushing for a total ban on fox-hunting.




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