Comment on discontinuance of case against Christopher Leadbetter

Following a decision by the Crown Prosecution Service to discontinue the case for alleged Badger Act offences against Christopher Leadbetter at Bournemouth Magistrates Court, a spokesman for the League Against Cruel Sports said:

“The League’s role is to collect evidence and pass this to the police, and the CPS have confirmed that it is legal for us to do this. Whether or not to prosecute someone is the decision of the CPS and in this case the CPS proceeded but later decided they had insufficient evidence.”

In January the CPS issued guidance to Chief Constables confirming that evidence collected by organisations such as the League Against Cruel Sports does not need to be authorised under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act.

“If it were the case that such evidence could not be included then it would mean that a member of Neighbourhood Watch couldn’t film a burglar breaking into someone’s house!” the spokesman added.

It became clear this afternoon that the Countryside Alliance have little clue about this case when their press officer said on Twitter that the case showed the “Hunting Act in tatters”. This case was under the Badger Act!

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