Father and son admit punching and pushing anti-hunt monitor former policeman down 14ft slope during fox hunt leaving him with a broken neck

Mail Online | 3/12/2016 | Phoebe Southworth For Mailonline
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A former policeman broke his neck after being punched then pushed down a 14ft slope while filming a fox hunt.

Darryl Cunnington was attacked by George Grant, 55, and his son Thomas Grant, 24, as he monitored the Belvoir Hunt in Leicestershire on March 12, 2016.

League - Against - Cruel - Sports - Investigator

The League Against Cruel Sports investigator, who had served with Leicestershire Police for 29 years, suffered a broken vertebrae in his neck after being pushed off a ledge.

Fellow investigator Roger Swain was also seriously assaulted during the incident which happened at about 2.30pm off Toft's Lane, Stathern, near Melton Mowbray.

Hunt - Member - Grant - Son - Pair

Senior hunt member Grant and his son also stole the pair's video cameras - seemingly to cover their tracks.

They launched the attack with four unidentified masked men, some of whom rode a quad bike, according to animal welfare charity the League Against Cruel Sports.

Emergency - Services - Hours - Mr - Cunnington

It took emergency services more than three hours to get Mr Cunnington onto a spinal board in a specialist vehicle due to the challenging terrain.

He had to wear a neck collar for about seven weeks after the assault.

Grant - Son - Briary - Cottage - Belvoir

Grant and his son, of Briary Cottage, Belvoir, appeared at Leicester Crown Court on Tuesday.

They admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm on Mr Cunnington and causing actual bodily harm to Mr Swain.

Pair - Theft - Mr - Swain - Video

The pair also pleaded guilty to the theft of Mr Swain's video camera and damaging a digital memory card. They will be sentenced on June 14.

Judge Jinder Singh Boora released the Grants on unconditional bail, saying: 'You've pleaded guilty to very serious offences.

Witnesses - Evidence - Behalf - Something - Judge

'I'm adjourning because there are character witnesses who can give evidence on behalf of you both and that's something a judge can take into account in deciding what the sentence will be.

'I...
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