Lewes Boxing Day Hunt: ‘Peaceful’ year for controversial annual event

Crowds gathered to watch the annual walking hunt parade through central Lewes.

The trail hunt was one of two held on Boxing Day in Sussex.

Packs of hounds from Southdown and Eridge Hunt were led up the High Street, and people on horseback made their way through the town.

The Argus: Hundreds gathered to watch the paradeHundreds gathered to see the parade (Image: Bertie Carter)

When tracking, a track is laid across the landscape, which is then searched for and followed by a pack of dogs.

Sussex Police were present to ensure the event was safe for spectators and hunters.

The event is controversial and animal rights activists often make appearances, but this year was peaceful.

Last year, one person was arrested as protesters and supporters gathered at the annual Foxhound parade.

Bertie Carter, who was there this year, said: “I got there just as it started and there were no obvious protests, unlike other years where it got pretty loud.

“I would say it was pretty peaceful.”

Ahead of the event, a Sussex Police spokesman said: “We are aware that the event is likely to attract large numbers of spectators as well as protesters and police will be present to ensure the safety of the horses, dogs, the public and police .”

Lewes Borough Council issued a temporary road closure to allow the hunters to move through the town.

The Argus: It was a bright but cool day in LewesIt was a bright but cool day in Lewes (Image: Bertie Carter)

The council had received two road closure requests, one from the hunting group and one from Action Against Foxhunting.

“After consultation with government officials, both Boxing Day events were offered a city road closure at various locations,” said Councilman Johnny Denis, Cabinet Member for Communities and Customers.

“In processing these requests, Action Against Fox Hunting guidelines were carefully considered, as was national legislation, which requires all road closure requests to be processed.

“The imposition of a road closure is not an endorsement of an event. We ask anyone planning to attend any of the events to do so peacefully.”

Fox hunting was banned in England and Wales by the Hunting Act 2004 and in Scotland by the Protection of Wild Mammals Act 2002.

Sussex Police have been contacted for an update.

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