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16 October 2017, 12:13
He shouted "get off my land!"
Shocking footage shows a raging farmer mow down a hunt saboteur with his quad bike - while screaming “get off my land.”
Violence erupted when members of the West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs filmed the Atherstone Hunt on Saturday afternoon.
The farmer, dressed in green John Deere overalls, drives a quad bike up to three men and shouts at them to “get off my land.”
He then jumps off the bike before pushing one of the sabs into a ditch before turning on the other two protesters.
As the men walk backwards along the track, the man continues to drive at them with his quad bike, shouting: “You are on private property, I can do what I want.”
In one shocking moment, the thug ploughs his quad bike into one of the sabs, knocking him off his feet and into a ditch.
The driver is then heard boasting: “That’s one more, does anybody else want some?”
The video was filmed during the fox hunt near the Leicestershire village of Ratcliffe Culey.
When three men reach a road by the track, a bald man points at the protesters’ camera and says, “Film me you little bitch and I’ll kill you.”
A younger man in a grey t-shirt tells the group: “F**k off d**kheads, I’ll whip me n*b out in a minute for the camera if you want.”
A spokesperson from West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs said: "This was absolutely shocking violence from the Atherstone Hunt, the saboteurs were just standing peacefully filming the hunt when they were violently attacked out of the blue.
“We were just standing on the track filming the hunt and then out of nowhere this quad bike sped up to us - that person has attacked us previously.
“He just immediately started laying punches.
“When we kind of got ourselves together and tried to walk away to defuse he starts ramming us with his quadbike.
“The people hit by the quad were extremely lucky not to have been hospitalised with serious injuries.
“The one person could have been seriously injured, he went at him with speed - if the quad bike carried on it could have landed on him in the ditch.
“The guy who attacked us has been at hunts before and has attacked us previously.
“Despite what he said on the video he’s not the landowner, we have searched Land Registry.
“When we get back to the road the other hunt parties start joining in and one was trying to get his penis out, which was bizarre.
“I don’t know why any normal person would think to do that.
“It’s the kind of mentality these people have really.”
West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs had previously filmed the same hunt supporter running at saboteurs with an iron bar, but no further action was taken by police.Leicestershire Police have been informed about the latest incident.