Hunting dog killed by train

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A HOUND taking part in a hunt on Saturday died after being struck by a passenger train.

The accident happened at about 11.45am when it is understood that a number of hounds from the Cottesmore Hunt strayed onto the railway line in the Stapleford area near Wyfordby Church.

A Network Rail spokesperson said that the train driver of the 10.22am train from Birmingham New Street to Stansted Airport reported that he thought he had struck a number of dogs on the line.

A local farmer contacted the Cottesmore Hunt and the secretary came to collect the dog.

The secretary was unavailable to comment on the incident.