Letter: Battles of the grouse moor

Sir: Your report on the alleged incidents on the Durham grouse moors ("Saboteur violence wrecks grouse-shooting party", 13 August) seems to be drawn entirely from Durham police and British Field Sports Society press releases. There was another party involved in the incident, the hunt saboteurs.

No saboteurs were wearing "ski masks" - the temperatures on the moor were in the eighties and bikini tops, T-shirts and shorts were the order of the day (although not for the police). As for people carrying "staves", this implies a stick the size of a fence post, and that was most certainly not the case. One disabled saboteur was carrying a walking stick.


Hunt Saboteurs Association

Brighton, East Sussex