Date: Friday 29th February 2008

THE huntsman of the Coniston Foxhounds, Michael Nicholson, was given a conditional discharge after he admitted causing criminal damage after attacking a hunt saboteur’s car.

South Lakeland magistrates were told that on 10th January this year three hunt saboteurs were on their way to a meet of the Coniston Foxhounds to gather evidence of any illegal hunting when their vehicle was attacked near Ambleside, which resulted in them being covered with glass splinters.

During the attack by Nicholson (40), of Nook Lane, Ambleside, he climbed on to the bonnet of the car and tried to smash the windscreen. He then tried to enter the vehicle by the driver’s side door. Finding the door locked he then smashed the window to try and grab the driver.

He was given a 12-month conditional discharge, and ordered to pay £150 in compensation to the driver of the car, plus costs of £58.