Police pay compensation to Shropshire hunt protester
Police have paid “significant” compensation to a hunt protester who was arrested at a demonstration against the South Shropshire Hunt.
An undisclosed sum has been paid to the woman, who was arrested outside the Mytton and Mermaid public house in Atcham, near Shrewsbury, in February 2012.
She had been part of a group of protesters from the West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs and Northampton Hunt Saboteurs.
They have released a video of the incident which has been posted on YouTube.
It shows a woman being arrested by officers after one claimed he had been pushed by her. But, after a claim for unlawful arrest was made against the force, compensation was paid to the woman, who has not been named.
(Above, footage of the arrest)
A statement by West Mercia Police said today they had attended the scene following reports of a threat of disorder between the hunt meeting and the protesters. Two protesters were detained at the scene, with one arrested.
Deputy Chief Constable Karen Manners said: “West Mercia Police can confirm it has come to an out-of-court settlement relating to the arrest of one person following a disturbance in Atcham in February 2012. A settlement was made and accepted and a compensation payment has been made to the claimant.
Lee Moon, spokesman for the Hunt Saboteurs’ Association, said the incident was a “shocking example” of West Mercia Police favouring local hunts over protesters.
“We hope this public shaming, and financial penalty, will force them to modify their behaviour,” he said. “We are pleased that the compensation received by the victim was used for essential repairs of the group vehicle which enabled them to be out in the field saving hunted animals.”