Police step up trail hunts patrols in north Cumbria

Police are stepping up patrols around trail hunts in north Cumbria.

Cumbria Police said it was in response to community concerns about tensions between hunt monitors and followers.

Police said they often received reports of confrontation and conflict between those with differing views on hunting.

"We will engage with representatives from both pro-hunting and monitor groups to minimise public disorder and community disruption," PC John Shaw said.

"Officers will be deployed when appropriate, taking into account other needs and priorities, to carry out high visibility patrols at various fixtures throughout the season of the Blencathra and Melbreak fell packs."

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