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Leicestershire Police don't meet with Phillip Davies

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Leicestershire Police are holding a training day on the 5th September regarding the issue of hunting. This is something they have done for the past few years however it has come to our attention that this year there is “confirmation from Mr Phillip Davies that he will be attending the event and assisting officers should they need any guidance or advice around the activities.”

Who is Mr Phillip Davies? Davies is the Countryside Alliance's Police Liaison officer. He was himself a police officer from 1980 till 2010 becoming a Chief Inspector. It's his job to influence police policy in relation to hunting and is on various advisory bodies. Last year he attended the National Police Chief Council conference where he did a 20 minute talk entitled “hunting without harassment” (nevermind that hunting is illegal) in the talk he portrayed sabs as violent and dangerous criminals and pushed for the use of Section 35 anti-social behaviour dispersal orders and section 60AA powers.

Leicestershire Police need reminding that over the past three years the Atherstone Hunt and its associates have collected 20 convictions, cautions and community resolutions for violence and anti-social behaviour with possibly more to follow. 11 of these are convictions for assault. We on the other hand have none. Zero. We have not even been charged with anything. So quite clearly the violent dangerous criminals are the Atherstone Hunt. That is a fact.

The Atherstone Hunt has gained a lot of unwanted press for foxhunting over the past few years and because of this they are constantly looking at ways to get rid of us. However documenting and exposing illegal hunting is not a crime and neither is preventing any breaches of the Hunting Act.

Leicestershire Police should also remind themselves that the CA is a pressure group who want the Hunting Act repealed, an organisation who were behind the Hunting Declaration Day on 1st November 2003. This saw 50,000 hunt supporters publicly sign declarations that they would break any future law that banned hunting. How can a police force invite someone to an event whose organisation advocates breaking the law? And not just any law but one of laws being discussed at that meeting.

The Countryside Alliance is a dangerous organisation involved in organised crime and the promotion of the breaking of the law. As such inviting them to this event will be legitimising criminality. It would be like inviting the mafia to assist and guide police officers on the issue of drug dealing.

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