Tensions between anti-hunt protestors and hunt supporters have been exacerbated in the run-up to the general election following the acquittal of an animal rights campaigner accused of killing a huntsman with a gyrocopter.
It is the court case that revealed the bitterness and hatred being regularly played out in the countryside because of the hunting ban.

An animal rights campaigner accused of killing a huntsman when the blade of his gyrocopter, which he was using to "monitor" a hunt from the air, sliced through the victim's head as he tried to prevent the aircraft from taking off.

Bryan Griffiths, 55, the pilot of the aircraft, was found not guilty of manslaughter by gross negligence last week over the death of Trevor Morse, a member of the Warwickshire Hunt.

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THE Gyrocopter pilot who was cleared of killing a hunt supporter in the Midlands says he fears reprisal attacks, and believes that his family might have been safer had he gone to prison.

Details of Bryan Griffiths’ home address and the location of his copter were discovered in the Land Rover belonging to the dead man, sparking fears that they might be targeted.

Speaking for the first time of his year of hell, animal rights enthusiast Mr Griffiths, talks to the Sunday Mercury about the accident, his time in prison and his opposition to fox hunting.

The 55-year-old self-employed heating engineer from Bedworth, near Coventry, has installed CCTV at his home, and takes safety measures such as noting car registration plates.

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