This is the moment a tractor driver rams into hunt saboteurs in their pickup truck after they tailed suspected hunters through rural Sussex.
West Kent Hunt Sabs campaigners were shunted by the vehicle, allegedly driven by a hunt supporter, on Saturday, with the incident captured on camera.
The group had been tailing suspected hunters in East Sussex and Romney Marsh Hunt (ESRM) in Brightling, East Sussex when the altercation began.
The Countryside Alliance, which promotes hunting, insists damage was also done to a hunt supporter’s vehicle as it insisted it ‘never condones aggression, even in the event of extreme provocation’.
The video, taken through West Kent Sabs’ vehicle, shows the tractor pushing them backwards.
The campaigners’ pickup truck was left considerably damaged following the incident in Brightling
West Kent Hunt Sabs campaigners were shunted by the vehicle, allegedly driven by a hunt supporter, on Saturday, with the incident captured on camera
The Countryside Alliance, which promotes hunting, insists damage was also done to a hunt supporter’s vehicle, pictured, as it insisted it ‘never condones aggression, even in the event of extreme provocation’
Two men inside the truck exclaim in disbelief as they are shunted.
At one point a man gets out to confront the tractor driver, but his friend urges him back inside saying: ‘Get in, get in, get in.’
The man gets out of the car again to record the tractor as it ploughs into the front of their vehicle.
The tractor reverses after hitting them and one of the men can be heard on the phone to police saying: ‘I need the police urgently there is a tractor running into my car.’
The tractor slowly approaches the vehicle again, as the man further says to police: ‘I need the police urgently. There is a tractor that is just smashing into my car and driving me off the road, he is still doing it.’
As the man continues to speak with police the tractor slams into the front of the car, plastic and metal can be heard twisting and creaking as the car is overpowered.
Another saboteur group, South Coast Hunt Sabs, also claimed their vehicle had been rammed and shared images of their damaged Land Rover on Facebook appealing for more information.
West Kent Hunt Sabs posted the video to Facebook on Sunday saying: ‘ESRM Hunt Supporters dangerously ram our vehicle with a tractor.
‘Here is a short clip of the appalling incident that occurred yesterday while sabbing the East Sussex & Romney Marsh hunt.
‘After blocking us in for 20 minutes, supporters of the hunt repeatedly drove their tractor into our vehicle causing serious damage. After this the tractor drives to ram into South Coast Hunt Sabs vehicle.’
South Coast Hunt Sabs posted on Saturday after their car was also damaged saying: ‘We were rammed and damaged today by the ESRM hunt lackies.
West Kent Hunt Sabs posted the video to Facebook on Sunday saying: ‘ESRM Hunt Supporters dangerously ram our vehicle with a tractor’
South Coast Hunt Sabs also posted on social media over the weekend after their car was damaged as well
‘We are not sure how much repairs will cost at the moment, but our main concern is that the damage isn’t too serious.
‘Our Landrover is currently limping and making terrible noises. We really need our vehicle back on the road as we managed to Sab hunts and shoots four times this week.’
Facebook users were stunned by the footage.
Andrew Jackson wrote: ‘Hope the tractor driver was prosecuted!’
James Hibbert commented: ‘Attempted murder, with deadly weapon.’
However, some defended the tractor driver, such as Dennis McKee, who said: ‘You shouldn’t be trying to interfere with their activities. You were begging for trouble. They gave it to you. Quit your crying about it.’
A spokesman for the Countryside Alliance, which promotes hunting, said: ‘We understand there was a complex series of events going on around the time of this incident, resulting in at least one of the saboteur group’s vehicles being impounded by the police, and that another matter which resulted in the vehicle of an elderly hunt supporter being damaged by hunt saboteurs is currently under police investigation.
‘The Alliance never condones aggression, even in the event of extreme provocation, but we do not believe that a full judgment of this incident can be made on the basis of heavily edited video footage.’
A Sussex Police spokeswoman said: ‘Police are investigating a report that a tractor drove into two vehicles in Penhurst Lane, Battle, on Saturday (10 October) at 9.30am.
‘If anyone witnessed the incident or has any information about it please email the Sussex Police rural crime team [email protected] quoting serial 369 of 10/10.’