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Injured investigators are suing Belvoir Hunt for £100,000

Two men who were seriously injured by supporters of the Belvoir Hunt are suing the hunt for £100,000.

Legal action taken by hunt investigators Darryl Cunnington and Roger Swaine follows an incident in March 2016 in which they were punched and pushed from a 14-foot ridge near Stathern by masked men.

Two of them, Belvoir Hunt terrier man George Grant and his son Thomas Grant, were later convicted of grievous bodily harm on Mr Cunnington, actual bodily harm on Mr Swaine, theft of a video camera and criminal damage of a memory card.

Darryl Cunnington's neck was fractured in an 'unprovoked attack' by Belvoir Hunt supporters. (14465047)
Darryl Cunnington's neck was fractured in an 'unprovoked attack' by Belvoir Hunt supporters. (14465047)

The Grants were living in a cottage on the Belvoir estate at the time of the offence.

Mr Cunnington and Mr Swaine were monitoring the actions of the hunt for animal welfare charity League Against Cruel Sports. Both were injured in the attack, with Mr Cunnington - who is a former Leicestershire Police officer of 29 years - receiving a fracture to his neck.

The League's director of campaigns Chris Luffingham condemned the "completely unprovoked attack".

Mr Cunnington and Mr Swaine have jointly instructed solicitor Helen Clifford.

She said: “My clients have suffered serious injuries, which have long term implications, at the hands of their assailants who pleaded guilty to criminal charges.

“No one should be injured or harmed by their work and those responsible must be held to account."

A spokesman from the Belvoir Hunt said: “ As this is an ongoing legal matter, it would be inappropriate to comment any further other than to say that as a hunt, we condemn violence of any kind.”

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