Hunt to review trails after hound is killed on train track

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A HUNT has said it will review how it sets out trails after a hound was killed when it was struck by a passenger train.

The incident happened at about 11.45am on Saturday, January 7 when it is understood some hounds from the Cottesmore Hunt strayed on to the railway track at Wyfordby.

As reported in the Melton Times the driver of the 10.22am train from Birmingham New Street to Stansted Airport told Network Rail he thought he had struck ‘a number of dogs’ on the line.

A runner who says he witnessed the incident told the Melton Times: “The train came to a stop by the crossing and I could see the hounds splayed across the track.

“They were later recovered by the huntsmen. To run the hounds close to the track does not seem a little irresponsible to me.”

Cottesmore Hunt secretary Clare Bell said: “We think the hound in question got distracted and strayed on to the track and what happened was a tragic accident. Network Rail is satisfied that was the case.

“The trail was not set close to the railway line but occasionally and tragically something like this can happen as tracks in rural areas are not fenced off as they are in built-up areas.

“We will review what we do. If we had been another field away perhaps this would not have happened.”