Hunt sabs in balaclavas frightened women and children at the Ashford Valley Tickham Hunt in Kent.

Police were called to Hole Park, Rolvenden, after masked hunt saboteurs approached two female riders, one an 11-year-old girl riding her pony, and a 22-year-old. The saboteurs, dressed in black and wearing balaclavas, shouted at the riders in what appears to be an attempt to spook the horses.

Around 50 horses and 33 hounds enjoyed hunting on land owned by Edward Barham who said: “I’m not a hunting-man myself but this was a perfectly legal hunt that involved the laying of a scent trail.”

No arrests were made.

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