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Horse-riding hunt participant filmed striking whip at cyclist

The footage was captured by a hunt saboteur, a "friendly and welcoming" hunt group insisting it is "not aware of any incident taking place"...

A horse-riding hunt member was caught on camera appearing to lash out, striking a whip at a cyclist as the hunting group passed during an event at the weekend in Kent.

The footage seen below was shared with Kent Online, and subsequently posted on social media. It was filmed by a hunt saboteur, Carly Ahlen, who was following The Kent Hounds' meet and reportedly shows the horse rider strike their whip at the cyclist following an earlier discussion between the parties.

The scene happened on Saturday afternoon on the B2067 Knoll Hill in Aldington near Ashford, Kent Police saying that it has not received a report regarding the incident.

Explaining that the cyclist was not part of the East Kent Sabs saboteuring efforts, the person who filmed the footage said it was "entitled" behaviour that is typical of "what we have become used to over the years".

"Hunt havoc is the result of being allowed to ride roughshod over the countryside due to loopholes and exemptions in the law. We need to do more to close the loopholes – and consign hunting to the history books," she said.

Kent Online says it has verified that the footage was filmed at 12.12pm on Saturday thanks to the "video's metadata", however a spokesperson for The Kent Hounds hunting group says it is "not aware of any incident taking place" and said many details remained unclear.

"The Kent Hounds is a trail hunting organisation which conducts lawful trail hunting activities," the spokesperson said. "The hunt officials are not aware of any incident taking place nor of any allegations that have been made against one of our supporters, but this matter will be looked into further.

"You'll appreciate that spurious allegations are regularly made to the media about hunts and their supporters to discredit hunting despite an alarming lack of evidence to justify such claims.

"It's impossible to identify the hunt, the location, the date, the context or any specific individuals in the video footage that has been provided. But of course, if there is proved to be any substance to these allegations, we apologise for any distress that may have been caused to those involved."

The location appears to be a bend on the B2067 (as seen in the picture illustrating this story) while the local press says it has verified the date and time.

According to the group's website, The Kent Hounds is a "friendly and welcoming group of people from all walks of life and we invite visitors and newcomers to experience a day trail hunting with us".

Social media posts from Saturday's "inaugural opening meet 2023" said a "massive thank you to all our landowners and farmers for your continued support despite the wet ground conditions. A super day had by all."

Dan joined road.cc in 2020, and spent most of his first year (hopefully) keeping you entertained on the live blog. At the start of 2022 he took on the role of news editor. Before joining road.cc, Dan wrote about various sports, including football and boxing for the Daily Express, and covered the weird and wonderful world of non-league football for The Non-League Paper. Part of the generation inspired by the 2012 Olympics, Dan has been 'enjoying' life on two wheels ever since and spends his weekends making bonk-induced trips to the petrol stations of the south of England.

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Patrick9-32 | 5 months ago
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The twitter comments are fun. 

It is definitely the cyclists fault apparently... 

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Rendel Harris | 5 months ago
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People who enjoy violently abusing animals for fun have no qualms about violently abusing people shock. Hardly the first time...

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Creakingcrank | 5 months ago
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Not really on topic, but back in my teens, when fox hunting was still legal, I was once out on a bike ride with a friend on a very quiet single-track lane close to home. We rounded a corner and came upon a full-scale fracas between hunters and hunt saboteurs. Must have been thirty people fighting in the road. Still one of the most abrupt and unexpected experiences I've ever had while cycling.

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Fair _Weather_Flyer replied to Creakingcrank | 5 months ago
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Brill; sounds like a playground fight at school. I always loved watching those. If, I wasn't participating myself of course. Can't understand why anyone would want to get involved in hunting with all the aggravation.

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Pedal those squares | 5 months ago
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There are two things going on here.

1. Fox hunting or trial hunting or whatever.   (This is a whole different debate and nothing to do with point 2)

2. Physical assault on a person, where from the video you can see one person not in danger is striking out at someone.

If the cyclist had gone up and hit the person on the horse, it would be the same.  Physical assult. 

This behaviour is not acceptable and whoever does it should get done for it.  (IMHO)

On the other side, it does "look" like the cyclist is blocking the road, which inself is an offence.

All I am doing is looking at the footage and trying to make some sense of it.

 

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peted76 | 5 months ago
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There really is no place for fox hunting in the UK anymore.. This might have been a legal hunt for all I know, but the hunts in the midlands are the opposite of legal and the local police seem not to care about stopping them. The entitlement of the hunter filmed really does just cement bad feelings towards this bunch of CU next tuesdays. I would love for someone to brazenly put holes in all of their vehicle tyres while they are off hunting. Just imagine the inconvienience that 30 odd vehicles and horse boxes all with flat tyres in the middle of the countryside would cause them. 

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mattw replied to peted76 | 5 months ago
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It's a drag hunt.

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brooksby replied to mattw | 5 months ago
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Allegedly.

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eburtthebike replied to mattw | 5 months ago
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mattw wrote:

It's a drag hunt.

That would explain the silly costumes.

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Backladder replied to mattw | 5 months ago
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mattw wrote:

It's a drag hunt.

You mean they're chasing RuPaul?

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Left_is_for_Losers | 5 months ago
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Ban fox cyclist hunting

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chrisonabike replied to Left_is_for_Losers | 5 months ago
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Left_is_for_Losers wrote:

Ban fox cyclist hunting

Ah, you've had enough of the following?

https://www.flickr.com/photos/16nine/albums/72157594400316816/

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Left_is_for_Losers replied to chrisonabike | 5 months ago
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You've lost me. Nice photos though

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eburtthebike | 5 months ago
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Simple mistake by the hunter and definitely not intentional, anyone could have thought that the cyclist was a fox.  Especially when the sun was in their eyes, or they thought they'd just hit a cat or something.

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mattw | 5 months ago
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bigwheeler88 | 5 months ago
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I'm always extremely considerate of horse riders, slowing down and ringing my bell a few times to let them know I'm there, but if I see a bunch of Berkeley Hunts like these I'll think twice about being so kind in future.

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OldRidgeback replied to bigwheeler88 | 5 months ago
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It's interesting that the hunt group is still claiming the video needs to be verified when it already has been. That is assault. 

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Jimmy Ray Will replied to OldRidgeback | 5 months ago
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Is it assault though if the whip strikes the bike and not the rider? 

I'm asking as suddenly every time I've touched a car, I have by association, assaulted the driver. 

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hawkinspeter replied to Jimmy Ray Will | 5 months ago
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Jimmy Ray Will wrote:

Is it assault though if the whip strikes the bike and not the rider? 

I'm asking as suddenly every time I've touched a car, I have by association, assaulted the driver. 

It depends on whether the victim is afraid for their safety. I doubt very much whether drivers get scared that a cyclist is going to throw the car to one side, when the cyclist touches/hits a WING mirror. Someone aiming a whip that close to a rider is obviously trying to intimidate and cause a fearful reaction.

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giff77 replied to Jimmy Ray Will | 5 months ago
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It's assault plain and simple. The bloke has used his height and size to intimidate another person. It's been a very deliberate action. The guy is a thug. 

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Jimmy Ray Will replied to giff77 | 5 months ago
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Does that equate to a legal definition of assault? 

Oh its clearly deliberate, its clearly done to intimidate, but physical assault... I don't see it. 

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andystow replied to Jimmy Ray Will | 5 months ago
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Jimmy Ray Will wrote:

Does that equate to a legal definition of assault? 

Oh its clearly deliberate, its clearly done to intimidate, but physical assault... I don't see it. 

Assault doesn't require any contact with the victim, just making them fear it. You're thinking of battery.

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giff77 replied to Jimmy Ray Will | 5 months ago
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Assault covers a large spectrum from threatening language through to serious injury. I'm nearly sure the guidelines consider the fact that if you think you're going to be attacked as the entry level for common assault. In this situation even the raising of a hand as a threatening gesture can be deemed as an attack. The fact that he has brought his arm down aggressively with a weapon (whip) will be considered as an attack whether he struck the individual or not. 

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quiff replied to bigwheeler88 | 5 months ago
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bigwheeler88 wrote:

I'm always extremely considerate of horse riders, slowing down and ringing my bell a few times to let them know I'm there

OT, but reminded me of a recent weekend ride. Having recently and carefully overtaken some horses and riders on a narrow country lane, I signalled to an oncoming car to slow down. Driver simply hooted his horn at me. I then heard the inevitable shouts of the riders just behind me round the corner giving him an earful. I like to think he put 2 and 2 together afterwards and changed his ways, but...   

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SimoninSpalding replied to bigwheeler88 | 5 months ago
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I am one of those evil, entitled cyclists who don't have a bell, but I undertand talking to people that have horses that actually a cheerful, human voice is the best thing to alert a rider to your presence, as the horse will also recognise it as a human and therefore not a threat, reducing the risk of bolting.

Obviously this requires me to play a recording that fits this description, as cheerfulness is beyond my capabilities.

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Legin | 5 months ago
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Self entitled tory twats; you can absolutely guarantee that. They are absolute kents!

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Cycloid replied to Legin | 5 months ago
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I'm sure there is a simple explanation!

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MattieKempy replied to Cycloid | 5 months ago
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There is, and Legin just gave it.

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ChrisB200SX replied to Legin | 5 months ago
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Legin wrote:

Self entitled tory twats; you can absolutely guarantee that. They are absolute kents!

Absolute Berkshire Hunts

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