Cars damaged at bird shoot

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POLICE are investigating an attack by hunt saboteurs on cars owned by members of a pheasant shoot in Bowland.

The attack, in which the tyres and bodywork of seven vehicles were slashed by the animal rights activists, took place on Monday.

The shooting group had been bagging pheasants in the Bleasdale area, on Harris End Fell, Oakenclough, during the day.

It is understood the animal rights activists had harassed the shooters throughout the day in an effort to scare the birds away.

The damage to the cars was discovered when the shoot members returned to their vehicles, parked off Delph Lane, Bleasdale.

The shooting party included members from Barnacre, Goosnargh, Preston and Leyland.

They had parked their cars off Delph Lane and then made their way to the shoot which took place on private land within the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, a popular area for shoots throughout the year.

A police spokesman said: "The group called us when they realised their cars had been vandalised.

"There were no arrests but we took details of some vehicles which we believe were being used by the protestors and will be following up this information.

"We do not take sides on hunting issues and take matters like this very seriously."

The estimated cost of replacing the vehicle tyres is around 500.

The organiser of the hunt lives in Barnacre. He was unavailable for comment as The Courier went to press.

The incident is believed to be unrelated to a series of previously reported attacks on the home of a rural Wyre businessman whose firm has links with the controversial Huntingdon Life Sciences laboratory, Cambridgeshire.