Hunt supporter killed by gyrocopter

March 10, 2009

accident, animals, criminal law

*** UPDATE: http://uk.news.yahoo.com/21/20090312/tuk-gyrocopter-death-was-filmed-6323e80.html 

 

Bryan Griffiths, 54 from Bedworth has been remanded into custody charged with murder, following the incident on Monday. He is due to appear before Warwick Crown Court on 23rd March. A 2nd person also arrested at the same time on suspicion of murder has been bailed pending further enquiries.

 

The North Warwickshire Court also heard today that an eyewitness recorded video footage of the incident itself and a short period before it. It was also confirmed that Mr Morse sustained the fatal head injuries following a collision with the rear-mounted propellor of the gyrocopter and that Mr Griffiths belonged to an anti-hunt animal rights campaign.

 

 

Sources:  http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/hampshire/7933706.stm; http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/crime/article5877904.ece ; http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1160724/Two-hunt-saboteurs-arrested-murder-landing-spy-copter-huntsman.html

 

Two people have been arrested on suspicion of murder after a hunt supporter (Trevor Morse) died at Long Marston airfield, near Stratford-upon-Avon at 3pm Monday afternoon, after being hit by a gyrocopter. It is believed that Mr Morse and a friend had gone to the airfield to discover who had been piloting the gyrocopter, but was hit by the vehicle as it was taxiing on the runway.

 

Both Warwickshire Hunt master (Sam Butler) and Master of the Foxhounds Association (Alastair Jackson) had apparently reported the gyrocopter to the Civil Aviation Authority and police, 10 days ago, alleging that it had been swooping in an aggressive manner over the hunt, upsetting the animals. Police have not however confirmed whether the same gyrocopter was involved in the incident, or the identities of the pilot(s).

 

The Times reports that “an animal rights group, Protect Our Wild Animals, has been monitoring the Warwickshire and the Heythrop hunts from a gyrocopter over the past three weeks. Penny Little, spokeswoman for Protect Our Wild Animals, was unavailable for comment last night. The group’s website says that it “advocates the observance of hunts by use of video and stills cameras to record the cruelty and vandalism of hunting””

Detective Chief Inspector Adrian McGee from Warwickshire police also confirmed the collision but gave no details. “It is far too early to tell what has occurred,” he said. “We will be conducting a thorough investigation to establish what happened.”

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Associate Professor in Sports Law, Staffordshire University; British Gymnastics Senior Coach

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