COUNTY NEWS: Protesters and supporters clash at Boxing Day hunt

Hundreds of people lined the streets for the annual meet of the Southdown and Eridge Hunt on Boxing Day - but it wasn’t without incident.

Before the event in Lewes on Saturday (December 26), there had been ‘very strong suggestions’ that a demo would take place on the day following failed attempts from Deputy Mayor Cllr Imogen Makepeace to have the meet banned from the town.

Demo at Southdown and Eridge boxing day hunt at Lewes. SUS-151227-150351001

Demo at Southdown and Eridge boxing day hunt at Lewes. SUS-151227-150351001

Protesters took up their usual spot on the steps of the law courts with banners held high, but it wasn’t long before they clashed with the many supporters on the streets.

Inspector Rob Lovell, of Sussex Police, said: “There were a number of minor issues that arose during the hunt meet outside the White Hart Hotel in Lewes on Boxing Day morning (December 26).

“However, they were quickly resolved by police officers at the scene and the large crowd dispersed after the hunt had departed. There were no arrests.”

Once the minor altercations were resolved, the meet went ahead as planned.

Demo at Southdown and Eridge boxing day hunt at Lewes. SUS-151227-150307001

Demo at Southdown and Eridge boxing day hunt at Lewes. SUS-151227-150307001

To read Lewes Town Council’s response to calls for the hunt to be banned, click here.

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