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If you live in Bedfordshire – especially the area of Sandy and Biggleswade – and the police claim they are too understaffed to deal with your complaint of burglary or violent crime, don’t be surprised.

Because local police officers will be far too busy protecting fox hunters to deal with your mere complaints of burglary, violence or sexual offences.

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(South Cambs Hunt Saboteurs): “Having spotted the Cambridge and Enfield Chace hound van on its way to a fox hunting meet (blue van with yellow stripe, LK04 EHP) we pulled into the services to see what they were up to.

A police car duly arrived and a lone officer came over and spoke to us in an irate tone. He told us to stop following the van and to ‘go back where we had come from’. As soon as the hound van had gotten away, the officer lost interest in us and walked away.

From the odd behaviour of the officer, we have a suspicion that the hunt called him up directly rather than via the proper official channels, and that his role was purely to hold us up to allow the hound van to get away from us, so that they could hunt illegally without being prevented from killing wildlife by saboteurs.”

This is particularly surprising as the Sandy and Biggleswade area has seen a wave of serious crimes recently with 20 burglaries, 44 crimes of violence and sex offences – including rape – and 60 cases of criminal damage and arson in one month alone:

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Bedfordshire police claim they are “protecting people” and “fighting crime”:

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Perhaps Bed’s police might like to reexamine exactly which people they’re meant to be protecting?

UPDATE: Police in some rural areas are now even more openly assisting illegal hunting: