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Woman injured as violence erupts at fox hunt protest

THIS is the shocking moment violence erupted during a traditional Boxing Day hunt, leaving one female protester injured.

Police were forced to intervene after trouble flared between fox hunt supporters and demonstrators at the Atherstone Hunt yesterday.

One woman had chunks of her hair pulled out after being assaulted at the event while other protesters had their cars attacked.

Around 30 members of West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs had descended on the hunt as it gathered in Market Bosworth, Leicestershire.

Footage filmed by the group show clashes breaking out in the crowds and one woman having her hair violently yanked as she voiced her anger at the event.

One yob can be seen angrily trying to get into a protester’s car which has been pelted with eggs before he kicks the vehicle as it drives away.

Lashing out: A man kicks a car as it drives past him PICTURES: SWNS

The chaotic scenes erupted after protesters drowned out the speech of a hunt member with chanting as around 200 people gathered in the market town’s main square.

A West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs spokesperson said: ‘Boxing Day is the biggest day in the hunting calendar.

‘It is totally outdated for them to continue hunting, and totally barbaric.

‘Of course it’s not acceptable for protesters to face violence just because they want to voice their disagreement with the hunt. But it’s not surprising.

‘If people are willing to be violent towards animals, it’s only a small step to being violent towards humans.

‘One woman was injured after having her hair pulled out — but she’s OK now I believe.’

The Hunting Act has banned the hunting of mammals with dogs in England and Wales since 2005.