A DRONE monitoring a fox hunt was blasted out of the sky by a hunt supporter, claims the owner.
Footage appears to show a masked gunman firing at least three times at the £750 drone — with BULLETS even seen whizzing past the camera.
Kennedy News and Media A team of at least four terrier-men were attempting to ‘dig out’ a fox, said the drone owner
Harry Blackhurst, 31, claims the footage shows a team of at least four terrier-men attempting to ‘dig out’ a fox that he believes had been illegally ‘hunted to ground’.
The recruitment consultant was filming on the Isle of Sheppey, Kent, what he believes was the Ashford Valley Tickham Hunt.
As the Kent Hunt Saboteurs captured footage from an estimated 50 metre height, a lone gunman began shooting at their drone. Despite missing twice, he eventually hit his target and smashed the lens.
Harry said: “We couldn’t believe it.
“There’s never been an incident like this, with a drone being shot down [according to people within the drone community].
“I think it’s worth mentioning the seriousness of the offence they have committed.
“It’s caused at least £500 worth of damage.
“But luckily I was able to get the footage and the drone back.”
Kennedy News and Media A masked gunman fired at least three times on the drone with bullets whizzing past the camera
Harry and his team of hunt saboteurs had been tipped off about the hunt taking place near a hamlet on the island and decided to track their activities – worried they were fox hunting.
In the UK, fox hunting has been illegal since 2004 and many hunts now follow a scent trail instead.
However hunt saboteurs claim many organised hunts still chase foxes and aim to prevent this.
Kent police are now investigating.
A spokesperson said: “Police were contacted shortly before 2pm on Saturday, 23 February 2019 following a report that a drone had been damaged on the Isle of Sheppey.
“At around 4pm on the same day Kent Police received a further report that a man had been assaulted.
“It is said the victim was pushed in the incident. Both matters are under investigation and enquiries are ongoing.”
A spokesperson from the Ashford Valley Tickham Hunt said: “The Ashford Valley Tickham Hunt conducts legal hunting activities to comply with the Hunting Act 2004.
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“The hunt does not condone illegal behaviour even in the face of extreme provocation by animal rights extremists.
“Hunt officials and our professional staff work hard to ensure good relationships with members of the public as well as landowners and other authorities.
“We will of course assist the police should there be an investigation following any allegations about our hunting activities.”
Kennedy News and Media A hunting party with horses and hounds were being monitored by anti-hunt activists
Kennedy News and Media Harry Blackhurst, 31, was filming on the Isle of Sheppey, Kent, on Saturday
Kennedy News and Media This is the moment an anti-fox hunt drone appeared to be blasted out of the sky
Kennedy News and Media A masked gunman near the hunting party appears to be shooting at the drone
Kennedy News and Media Harry and his team of hunt saboteurs were tipped off about the hunt
Kennedy News and Media The Kent Hunt Saboteurs captured footage from an estimated 50 metre height
Kennedy News and Media Hunt saboteurs claim many organised hunts still chase foxes and aim to prevent this