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WATCH: West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs attacked by angry farmer

By Jack Averty | News | Published: | Last Updated:

A furious farmer drove his quad bike at West Midlands anti-hunt campaigners and threw punches as he ordered them to get off his land.

The man targeted members of the West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs as they filmed by his farm.

Caution: Strong language

In footage captured by the group and posted on Facebook, the farmer drives up to them on his quad before shouting 'get off my land'.

He then jumps off the bike before pushing one of the men into a ditch and then turning on the other two protesters, attempting to take one of the protesters' phones.

As the men walk backwards along the track, the man continues to drive at them with his quad bike, shouting: 'You are on private property, I can do what I want.'

As he attempts to escort the saboteurs off his land, the farmer drives his quad bike into one of the men, knocking him off his feet and into a ditch.

The driver is then heard boasting: 'That's one more, does anybody else want some?'

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The video was filmed during the trail-hunting near the Leicestershire village of Ratcliffe Culey on Saturday afternoon.

A spokesperson for West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs said: "This was absolutely shocking violence from the Atherstone Hunt, the saboteurs were just standing peacefully filming the hunt when they were violently attacked out of the blue.

"We were just standing on the track filming the hunt and then out of nowhere this quad bike sped up to us.

"He just immediately started laying punches.

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The farmer attempts to snatch one of the saboteurs' phones

"When we kind of got ourselves together and tried to walk away to defuse he starts ramming us with his quadbike.

"The people hit by the quad were extremely lucky not to have been hospitalised with serious injuries.

"The one person could have been seriously injured, he went at him with speed - if the quad bike carried on it could have landed on him in the ditch.

"When we get back to the road the other hunt parties start joining in and one was trying to get his penis out, which was bizarre.

"I don't know why any normal person would think to do that.

"It's the kind of mentality these people have really."

Jack Averty

By Jack Averty
Senior Reporter - @javerty_star

Reporter with the Express & Star, based at head office in Wolverhampton

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