Hunting tobe policedfrom thesky?

Date: Friday 24th February 2017

HI-tech drones could be used to monitor the activities of foxhound packs and anti-hunt campaigners in Cumbria as part of a national first, the county’s police and crime commissioner has been told.

Assistant chief constable Sean Robinson, speaking at a public accountability conference on Wednesday, said there were plans to use drones in liaison with hunting packs across the county in order to monitor activities from the sky.

Police and crime commissioner Peter McCall said he was convinced the technology was a “weapon” the force needed to exploit. Control room commanders could be given a unique 360-degree overview of an incident, and make decisions accordingly.

The hunting with dogs of wild mammals — including foxes, deer, hares and mink — was banned in England and Wales under the Hunting Act of 2004, which came into effect the following year. It does not, however, cover the use of dogs in the process of flushing out an unidentified wild mammal, nor does it affect drag hunting, where hounds are trained to follow an artificial scent.